Tuesday, October 20, 2009

150 years old

This year Copenhagen Zoo celebrates its 150 years birthday. It was founded September 20th 1859 by ornithologist Niels Kjærbølling in a pleasure garden right next to Frederiksberg Castle and it started out with only a few animals; a fox in a chain, a seal in a bathtub and a number of stuffed birds in a pavilion. Today the Zoo is open 365 days a year, it is spread over 11ha of former park, the animals are numerous and from all parts of the World and it gets 11 mio guests each year. The Zoo Tower shown here was built in 1905 and can be seen from all over Copenhagen, mainly due to the fact that the Zoo is placed on top of Valby Hill. In the days, or maybe weeks to come, I'll show you some of my photos of the animals kept in this Zoo.