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Panorama picture from Kristiansand Municipality in Norway




THE PIRATE TOWN

Few parks cover such a variety as Kristiansand Zoo, which is why the Zoo like to call themselves "The Living Park". Just 11 km east of Kristiansand you will find the most beautiful and natural zoo, with scenery and environment in abundance. Kristiansand Zoo is Norway`s most frequently visited attraction covering an area of 150 acres of wild Nordic terrain. It is totally different from other European zoos, which are characterised by bars and heavy padlocks.

In Kristiansand Zoo, the animals have wide open spaces in which to roam - however, the visitors are still able to get up close to observe some of the most beautiful animals - like the red panda, which is threatened by extinction. The first part of the rain forest is alive with a variety of apes and monkeys. One of the park`s latest attractions is an open air area where some of the smaller monkeys run wild amongst the trees and climbling areas and swing on the ropes while you can move amongst them!

Deeper into the rain forest, the mist and the humid atmosphere, dark and scary passages lead the way to crocodiles, alligators and many other reptiles - You will find more than 800 animals and birds living in as much freedom as possible in a natural environment. The park has many kilometres of good paths throughout, to enable visitors the possibility to roam for hours.

Kristiansand Zoo is working very closely with the World Wild-life Foundation to help save animals under threat of extinction. It offers you the opportunity to see the Nordic wolf, lynx and wolverine in their natural environment. A trip to Cardamom Town (Kardemomme by) is recommended. The town is based on a well-known children's story written by Thorbjørn Egner and you will meet all the Kardemomme by's characters from the book in the park's main season!

The park is full of surprises - not only will you find animals, but there is also a "Summer Island" (a bathing area), with heated swimming pools. Watch the Pirates battle it out from the Black Lady ship, while you enjoy an ice cream. It's paradise for both young and old...