This was a really good destination for my family (four kids between 14 and newborn). It isn't that far from the city, and with the city park next door on Illinden Boulevard, it was walkable from the city center. As a zoo, it has an approachable size, allowing you to walk from end to end in ten minutes (but obviously you walk slower and stop at the animals). There are a some exotic animals (giraffes, lions, jaguars, cheetahs, various monkeys, zebras) and a lot of more mundane ones (like ducks, goats) but the mix is reasonable. The ticket is dirt cheap (50 denars, or just over $1) and some of the facilities reflect that--I'm told there are more modern bathrooms, but the ones we went into, to the left of the entrance, had the old European pit/floor toilets--my son's first such experience. (At least they were clean, freshly washed, and didn't smell bad). Plenty of cafe options. My biggest concern was the poor condition of some of the animals. Most looked reasonably healthy and with spacious pens. The monkeys were not so lucky, and the gibbons appeared to have serious sores on their hindquarters from too much sitting. One goat had a significant open and infected sore on its face, too. But most other animals looked o.k. and as a zoo, it is one of the best family attractions in Skopje (faint praise?)
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