Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Zoo Olomouc

Over several decades of its existence, the zoo has achieved significant success in breeding and propagating exotic animals. In attractive and animal-adapted spaces, breeding of antelopes, giraffes, monkeys and beasts takes place, and the giant bird aviary or the joint enclosure of polar bears and polar wolves is also unique. The dominant feature of the zoo is the 32-metre high observation tower. From the upper observation platform you can watch the animals in the zoo, admire the Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary or watch the panorama of Olomouc and its surroundings. The Olomouc Zoo boasts a number of rarities. For example, the darkened bat pavilion, illuminated only by the starry sky and a few spot coloured lights, provides a home for animals with nocturnal activity, especially the very rare golden fruit bats. Only 120 cm high glass separates them from visitors, the rest of the space is not covered by anything. Thus, the calloons can fly freely right over the heads of the visitors.

You can also experience adventure in the large natural enclosure of red-faced macaques. This is one of the most attractive expositions, complete with a wooden footbridge suspended 7 m above the valley. Visitors can walk through the enclosure first over a bridge and then freely along a path directly among the animals. Another enrichment of the Olomouc zoo is a large cheetah enclosure with a glassed-in view with seating and a large natural enclosure of lynxes, whose breeding has a long tradition here. A footbridge for visitors runs through the enclosure, offering an unusual view of these elegant animals. The zoo also boasts a successful breeding program for Manchurian leopards, one of the rarest felines in the world. The leopard enclosure is designed in the form of a cave.