Krakow Zoo is a place that mainly attracts families with children. But mining enthusiasts will also find something interesting in it. And not necessarily a bird with the familiar gwarek name.

In a few years, the Krakow Zoo will celebrate its centenary. It was made available to visitors on July 6, 1929. It is located in the western part of town, on the Pustelnik Forest Hill (352 meters above sea level), which is part of the Sowiniec Mountain Range. It is the second highest hill within the borders of Krakow.

Animals from various geographical regions are collected here. In some cases, in order to imitate a rocky landscape, stone blocks were laid from quarries. This was done, for example, on the Chinese tiger display stands or Arroy. The latter, formerly known as maned sheep, is found naturally in the rocky, mountainous regions of North Africa.

You can learn about the use of animals for serious work in the mines from information published at the Shetland Ponies circuit. It is a breed of young horse, native to the Shetland Islands, north of the coast of Great Britain.

Gwarek bird also has a name that resembles mining. However, the answer to the question regarding the origin of the name of this beloved glittering bird shows that it has nothing to do with mining.

Gwarek is a genre that imitates completely different sounds, including human speech. Gwarek only speaks hence his name – explains Jerzy Piróg from Krakow Zoo.

The Krakow Zoo covers more than 16 hectares of land. Hence, it is three times smaller than Chorzów Zoo, but four times larger than Toruń Zoo. Currently, during the period of pandemic restrictions, it is one of the few places available to visit in the city.

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