Belgrade Zoo animals provided early bombing warnings in 1999 against the missiles and the bombs of the U.S. (or they prefer NATO) "friends of democracy".. simple truth! The noise would start around half an hour before the bombs fall as the animals in Belgrade zoo used to pick up
the sound of approaching planes and missiles. The Belgrade Good Hope Garden, the full nme of the zoo, was the target itself as well during the bombing campaign, and the director Vuk Bojovic did everything in his power to revive it after almost full destruction. This zoo is situated at the very center of the city, in the Kalemegdan Fortress and the park. The zoo was founded in 1936 and is one of the oldest zoos in Europe.
It was amazing to see over 7 hectares (17 acres) well managed and transformed into a zoo which has 2,000 animals representing about 270 different species! I've visited many zoo's round the world, and maybe this one was not the best, but it was the "hippest" (I am using a word of my friend who saw it for the first time). I did not see animals suffering, but I agree that a caged animal cannot be a happy animal. But the kids were happy looking at this amazing educational place, where they interact with many domestic or domesticated animals which were out of the cages.
I wasn't expecting to see the biggest pride of white lions in the world, and I admit that they were fantastic... I really enjoyed taking their photos! You can enjoy the surroundings, brightly coloured benches, nice food and drinks, and even the animal picture books written for the kids by the director of the zoo, a real artist in everything he does.
If you want an enjoyable afternoon which will cost you as much as your McDonalds meal, please, do not miss this fun place!
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