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Diergaarde Blijdorp (Official Dutch name: Stichting Koninklijke Rotterdamse Diergaarde, Foundation Royal Zoo of Rotterdam) is a zoo in the northwestern part of Rotterdammarker, one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlandsmarker. In 2007 it celebrated its 150th anniversary.

History

Giraffes and monumental building
The original Rotterdam zoo was lost in the bombing of Rotterdam in World War II, which destroyed most of the city centre. Some streetnames, such as Diergaardesingel (Zoolane), still recall the old zoo. Blijdorp was rebuilt slightly to the north, where it opened to the public in its current location on December 7, 1940. The new zoo was designed by Dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn, who designed the central railway station in Rotterdam, as well. In 2001, 'Blijdorp' became almost twice as large when it opened a new western part, called Oceanium, with its main attraction an aquarium. In April 2004, the whole zoo was declared a national monument.

Botanical garden

Blijdorp not only participates in animal programmes like EEP, it also houses a botanical garden and manages the Dutch National Bromelia Collection.

Animal list

Asia

Chinese garden

The Amur

Malayan forest edge

Asian swamp and batcave

Mongolian steppes

Takin rock

Taman Indah

Tiger Enclosure

Europe



Africa

Gorilla exhibit

Congo

Savanna



Crocodile river (Opened 2008)



Others

Rivièrahal



South America



North America

Prairie

Arctica

Soon: polar foxes, raccoons, lemmings, polar hares, snowy owls and Stellers sea-eagels

Oceanium

Bass Rock

North Sea

Atlantic Ocean

Caribbean

The Antilles

Falklands

Galápagos

Sea of Cortez

Californian Kelp Sea

Other animals



Blijdorp Magazine

The quarterly magazine of Blijdorp Zoo is called Blijdorp Blad. The first edition of the jubilee year 2007 included articles on the history of the zoo to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

External links



References

  1. Website Rotterdam Zoo, botanical garden



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