Beogradski zoološki vrt

Mali Kalemegdan 8, Belgrade

Belgrade Zoo - basic information

Belgrade Zoo is also known as the Garden of Good Hope. It is located within one of the most famous Belgrade attractions - Kalemegdan Fortress. It was built at the foot of the fortress, in the part of the park called Donji Kalemegdan. A large number of domestic, wild and exotic animals found a home in it.

History of the Zoo
The zoo is 1936. was founded by the then mayor of Belgrade, Vlada Ilić. Over the years, the area occupied by the Garden has changed. In the beginning, it was 3 and a half hectares inhabited by lions, tigers, brown bears, wolves, parrots, pelicans and other animals. It was later expanded to 7, then to over 14 hectares. Unfortunately, at the beginning of World War II, the Zoo was bombed twice. Due to that, the number of Ivotinje was reduced, and thus the area, which has remained on 7 hectares since then. It is home to over 2,000 animals, which are members of 250 different species. Numerous species of exotic birds, big cats, bears, cheetahs, giraffes, primates, seals, penguins and other animals can be seen.

Heroes of the Zoo
These are animals that marked the work of this institution, some of which received their monuments, from Vuk Bojović, the former director of the Belgrade Zoo.
  • Sami Chimpanzee - Sami is a monkey that managed to escape from the Zoo on two occasions, in 1988. Although chimpanzees are known to be aggressive animals, Sami has never attacked or injured anyone in his adventures. For the first time, Vuk Bojović, the director of the Zoo, took his hand and took him from the street to his car, which took him back to the Garden. The second time, Sami ended up on the roof of a house, so until they let him down, a large number of people came to cheer him on with slogans and inscriptions. Unfortunately, Sami passed away suddenly in 1992, and this monument was erected in his honor.
  • Dog Gabi - She was a guard dog at the Zoo, whose task was to patrol the garden with another dog and a night watchman. Since, during the night watch, she heard before the guard that the jaguar managed to get out of its cage, she ran and fought with him almost to death, thus preventing the jaguar from escaping and attacking someone else, until help arrived. Despite serious injuries, Gabi managed to survive and wait for a monument to be erected to her, as a sign of her courage.
  • Muja Alligator - Muja is considered to be the oldest living American alligator in the world. He moved to the Zoo a year after its founding, in 1937. Since then, he has not left his home, and he managed to survive two bombings during World War II, although a large number of animals died on that occasion. Today, he is in his ninth decade and is peacefully living his life, waiting for new visitors to the Beo Zoo.
How to get to the Belgrade Zoo?
The zoo is located within the Kalemegdan Fortress, so you can easily reach this attraction by walking through Kalemegdan Park.
  • On foot: from Trg republike you can reach in 15 minutes, across Vase Čarapića Street, Studentski trg and Uzun Mirkova.
  • Public transport: Buses that walk in the immediate vicinity are 24, 26, 79, E9 and trams 10 and 11.
  • Taxi: Pink Taxi - 19803; 0800 11 9803; 065 488 99 77 Safe Tax BG - 060 8801010
Opening hours and ticket prices
  • Opeing hours: every day from 9 am to 6 pm.
  • Ticket price: The price of a regular ticket is 550 dinars, for children from 3 to 15 years it is 350 dinars, and for groups of over 15 people it is 250 dinars.
Additional information
Follow the safety instructions carefully when visiting the Zoo. There is additional information on the site about how you should behave during your stay in the Garden, so as not to endanger your own or the safety of the animals.


Type of Attractions
  • Brige
  • Museum


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