Sofia Zoo is the best place of interest for the kids of Sofia. The capital’s Zoo was found in the beginning of 1888 and is a great place for spending your time with your children. Initially, the zoo was located in the park of the former royal palace, with the primary attraction being a Eurasian Black Vulture caught in Bulgaria and exhibited in a cage in the garden.
Later, pheasants and deer were added to the collection, but since the exhibits and facilities of the time proved inadequate to accommodate a pair of Brown Bears, Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria ordered a grant of land to be awarded to Sofia Zoo on the grounds of the former botanical garden, then in the outskirts of the city.
Now there is a large variety of species in the Sofia Zoo, including many mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. Among the most popular species are the black panther, the tigers, the hippopotamus, the lama, the monkeys, the Leopard Gecko and the Yellow Anaconda. The most interesting place in the Zoo is the contact zone – a place where the visitors can establish direct and immediate contact with tame and non-dangerous animals.
There children and adults can touch, pet and even feed with proper food animals such as goats, ponies, rabbits, ducks and geese not through grating and nets. Benches provide a place for rest and information signs about the animal species living there and beautiful and entertaining boards for the children make the contact with the animals even more interesting and educational.
Many animals are “adopted” by firms and enterprises that have undertook the expenses of care and treatment of animals. This is a practice established several years ago.