Attica Zoological Park

Location: Spata   

The Zoological Park in Spata Athens, Greece: The Attica Zoological Park or the Attica Zoo was established in 2000 in Spata, a suburb to the north of Athens by Mr Jean-Jacques Leseur. In fact, it is the largest and the only one of its kind in Greece. Starting as a bird park, this private zoo has grown enormously in recent years and is home to an astounding variety of bird and animal species.

The bird collection, regarded as the 3rd largest in the world and representing nearly 300 species from the continents of Asia, Africa and America, is housed in highly modern walk-in aviaries. The World of Reptiles has an impressive collection of pythons, boas, crocodiles and other reptiles. Typical Greek fauna including wolves, brown bears, foxes, wild cats and lynxes are moreover exhibited in the park.

A recreation of the ecosystem of the African Savannahs allows visitors to admire pygmy hippos, giraffes, zebra, antelopes, prairie dogs, alligators as well as lamas, jaguars, snow leopards and the very rare white lions in their natural habitats. The walk- through enclosures in the Cheetah Land and Monkey Forest are hugely popular, particularly with the children, and allow visitors to view a great number of primates and cheetahs at close quarters.

As a member of EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria), the Attica Zoo is deeply committed to environmental conservation and participates in programs aimed at the protection of endangered species, including captive breeding programs. Special educational programs and guided tours for school children are regularly conducted by the zoo to raise awareness on the importance of protecting wild life. The Zoo also offers facilities for hosting children's picnics and parties as well as business events.

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vasia wrote on May 23, 2014

great place but very far from the city centre
I liked that all animals there were born in captivity and that people take so good care of them
the show with the dolphins was charming

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