Lions, alligators, turtles, parrots and other exotic animals have taken the place of the traditional pigs and cows that were housed in a former agricultural cooperative in Trakovce near Trnava after a group of enthusiasts decided to bring a some elements of the exotic world to western Slovakia.
The aim of the non-profit organisation Tropický svet (Tropical World) is to preserve the original gene pool of rare species and spread knowledge and skills to future generations, said Róbert Klačman, one of the organisation’s founders, to the SITA newswire. The non-profit has invested a lot of leisure time, energy and money in their vivarium and invites school groups to visit or sends its experienced breeders along with some of the animals directly to schools. The most popular attractions at Tropical World are two African lion cubs which became wholly dependent on the mercy and care of their keepers after their mother abandoned them.
“Apart from the young lions we have about 60 species of both venomous and non-venomous snakes, several species of lizards, and also, for example, six Arabian horses,” Klačman said in describing some of their fauna. The complex also includes areas which present plants of the tropical rainforest and the desert. “On the break of the years, it is worth visiting us to admire blooming orchids. In spring, cacti will then be blooming,” said Klačman in inviting visitors to their tropical complex, which currently is open only on weekends.
23. Nov 2010 at 0:13 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská