Kaunas Zoo was officially opened on 1 July in 1938. It was planned for many years after the Restoration of Independence. On the opening day there were only 40 displays that were brought by professor Tadas Ivanauskas, or were given as a gift by other zoos. After a year the number of zoo displays increased to 150. On 4 December 1958 Kaunas Zoo was granted the name of a Republican Zoo.
Today the Lithuanian Zoo, located in the city centre, is a small 15,9 ha park, in which a hundred year old oaks grow. It is made up of 11 sections, each of which has a staff of 130 people. By the area and the number of animals kept in it, the zoo could equal a middle sized European zoo.
People visit the zoo from the remotest parts of the country, where they can ramble around and have a good time. Children find a lot of attractions here: they can ride a pony or a donkey, or have a ride in a carriage. Also, tame lamas are shown around the territory and children can touch or stroke them to feel how friendly animals may be.
Radvilėnų road 21
LT – 50299, Kaunas, Lithuania
Tel: +370 37 332540;
You can also visit: Resurrection Church, Vilnius Street, Devil's Museum
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- 2011.12.29 21:26:00 | mr christopher grundy
- i really really love animals and the protection of animals im looking to seek work as its my dream to work with animals either paid work or voluntery work as really want to do this with a passion and hard work and i have really been amazed by your zoo and the work your doing so was wondering if you have any jobs going even voluntere work as really want to work and live in lithuania as my girlfriend lives in kaunas lithuania so any help or advice you can offer will be very appreciated aciu, labas vakaras,As esu is Anglijos, As bandau ismokti kalbeti lietu viskai,all i ask is a chance to prove i can work very hard
- 2012.01.03 14:26:32 | Tamara Schenekar
- Dear Sir or Madam, my name is Tamara Schenekar and I am a PhD student of the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria. The hypothesis of my dissertation deals with the relative roles of genetic drift and selection in captive populations of vertebrates in comparison with wild populations. In the framework of my dissertation and in collaboration with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (Namibia) and the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity (Maryland, USA), we are planning an assessment of the genetic variation of the captive cheetah population. Gaining information on the genetic composition of captive populations has gained a lot of interest in the last decade because of their acknowledged importance in conservation programs, for example concerning the release of captive-bred animals back into the wild. We are interested in recent samples as well as in samples from past generations and founder animals. We have access to the sample collection of the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, however in order to make this study as comprehensive as possible, we are aiming to maximize the sample size. The samples can be non-invasive scat samples or samples that were collected in the past (blood, tissue, other), so no sedation of the animal is needed for this study. In the cheetah studbook data your facility is listed as a successful breeding facility of cheetahs. Therefore we kindly ask for your permission of working with potentially available samples of your resident and/or previous generation and founder cheetahs. We would also like to ask you if you would be willing to opportunistically collect samples from your current animals, these samples can be blood or tissue samples collected during a routine analysis, or scat samples collected non-invasively. In order to best lay out the plan for the project, we would like to get an idea of the approximate number of samples of the captive population founders and resident cheetahs that would be available to us, therefore we would highly appreciate if you could let us know whether you would be willing to contribute samples and which type of samples you would have available. Contribution of samples will be acknowledged in the publications derived from this study. After contacting Lars Versteege, the coordinator of the European Endangered Species Program (EEP) of the Southern Cheetah, he let us know that he also see the value of the investigation and that he thinks that many zoological institutions will agree with this. We hope that you will consider contributing your samples to the study. I will gladly provide you with more information after you contac me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you very much in advance! I hope to hear from you soon! Kind regards, Tamara Schenekar