The zoological garden of Rīga, Latvia dates back to the year 1912. It is located north of the city within the giant Mežaparks and close to the Ķīšezers lake. The zooloģiskais dārzs is a classic zoological garden with 4000 animals of 500 species – you’ll find every animal you would expect. But it is also still a zoo in the making – with some areas deteriorating and some areas buing currently rebuilt.
It is a big zoo and I found it more beautiful than the one at Tallinn, Estonia. What feels a little bit strange to me is the sponsorship concept that obviously leads to the funds for renovation: companies can donate money and then are named within the zoo. But probably this is simply necessary as the zoological garden belongs to the city. You can reach it with tramway 11 that goes from the city center to Mežaparks.
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