Two for the price of one is always a nice bargain. But Bratislava Zoo offer is a bit deceiving… neither the Zoo rises to the expectations nor the Dino Park deserves the highest note. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
We are writing from the forested hills of the Little Carpathians in Slovakia, home for 175 animal living breathing animal species and a few hundred of animatronic dinosaurs that coexist in 96 hectares (240 acres) of the park. Entry was cheap at around €6-7.
Major attractions on the zoo part of the park include white lions, white tigers and an evasive red panda (very difficult to capture even with a long-range camera).
The zoo demands alpine skills to win all the steep erratic climbs and the fenced enclosures are uninviting to any sort of interaction. Also, many areas are abandoned and the animals neglected.
For those reasons it’s the exhibition of Central European Mesosoic reptiles—DinoPark— opened in 2004 on the central area of the zoo – the children’s favourite. This section of the park the area of almost 3 hectares (7.4 acres) DinoPark features life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs that are animated during the summer season. It also features a 3D cinema, educational trails and a paleontological playground with fake fossils for children. Nice stuff though it seemed a bit dirty and uncared.