The Zoobotanical Garden in Toruń
The Zoobotanical Garden in Toruń is a place of unique charm. Although it is located nearly in the city centre, still it is perceived as green oasis and one of adorable refuges from urban unrest.
The Zoobotanical Garden in Toruń can boast very long and interesting history, dating back to the 18th century. It was 1797 when doctor J.G. Schultz – a doctor of medicine and a botanist by vocation – purchased the property and turned it into a real botanical garden with an imposing dendrological collection. In 1960s, thanks to determination of Arnbert Sadecki the Zoobotanical Garden in Toruń obtained its first animals. At that time, along with construction of first pens, the botanical garden was turned into a zoobotanical garden. Today it is the only Polish institution which can boast both an interesting flora and fauna collection. Out of 200 trees, 9 were granted a honourable title of a Natural Feature of Historic Importance.
We also take pride in our animals which, grateful for good care, reward us with their offspring. We are especially happy with the offspring of precious, endangered species. The most worth mentioning among them are: White-fronted Marmoset, Black-capped Lory, Green Turaco, European Bison, Northern Lynx and various reptiles. Each year there are new offspring of Syrian Goats, Chinese Muntjac, Red-necked Wallaby and Aoudad. Our Zoobotanical Garden participates in European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) concerning, among others, Edwards’ Pheasant and Bali Mynah.
At present there are more than 200 animals representing about 80 species in our Zoobotanical Garden. The Zoobotanical Garden in Toruń is a member of The Council of Polish Zoos and Aquaria, an organization embracing prominent and renown Polish zoos. It is also an active member of ISIS (International Species Information System) and EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria).