Ljubljana Zoo, Ljubljana, 5th June 2018

27th June 2018
Written by: Rob Slusar

Our time in Ljubljana was coming to an end. With a few hours to kill before our flight, we headed to the Zoo.

Ljubljana Zoo

On the outskirts of the city of Ljubljana, the Zoo covers some 48 acres and is considered the national zoo of Slovenia.

Opening in 1949, the zoo has seen renovations several times in its life. The most recent of these was completed in 2016.

Located within a forest, the zoo is notable in that the city is at the intersection of the Alpine, Pannonian, Mediterranean, and Dinaric habitats.

It is believed that the zoo is home to around 500 animals from about 120 different species.

The Visit

It was a warm day, and with storms, due later on we decided to head out as soon as we checked out of our Air B&B.

I have been to many zoos, but the presentation of this one lifts it into my “top zoos” list. As you walk around you think you are getting towards the end, only to be pulled somewhere different.

With a vast number of animals there, we spent several hours wandering and enjoying the weather. Sadly, with the storms rolling in we had to cut it short. Luckily we got in the car before the rain and hail slammed us.


I often find photography in zoos to be hit and miss. Some days the animals will be hiding, others you have cages that block you. This day had that, but luckily some of the celebrity animals did come out.

In the blazing sun, the light areas were very light, and the shady areas dark, so getting the exposure right was a challenge. That said, I am happy with the bunch of the shots I got.

Here they are.

Final Thoughts

Ljubljana Zoo is a fantastic zoo. It’s really obvious that they love and care for their animals. The animals look happy as a result.

For a zoo of its size, it was very cheap at 8 Euros each, but it is clean and a fantastic place to visit.

Due to the time of year, some areas we fenced off, so I would like to go again, and will if we go back to Ljubljana.

That is all from my trip to Slovenia. Hopefully, it has piqued your interest in the area. I would certainly recommend it if you are looking for something different to a standard beach holiday.

So, until next time. Thanks for looking.