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On behalf of all our staff and the city government it is my greatest pleasure and privilege to invite you all to visit our zoo and city and attend the EAZA Conference.
This year our zoo will celebrate its 150th anniversary, thus being the oldest public institution in our city. Having been administered and developed by the Germans for 80 years and subsequently by the Poles for another 70 years, Wroclaw ZOO is in many ways unique. After World War I and II it was closed due to damage sustained through the direct bombing or economic crisis, just to be reopened and to further develop afterwards. Each time it was a group of concerned, brave and hardworking people that made it possible.
Until today you can see examples of the most important periods of developments of world zoos reflected in the animal buildings and enclosures of Wroclaw ZOO. The oldest buildings date back to 1863 and 1865. As the ZOO grew in size over these past years, more and more modern animal exhibits were built, which culminated in the construction of the Africarium-Oceanarium complex, opened last autumn.
I do sincerely hope that you will like the recent changes but also the special atmosphere accompanying the oldest parts of the ZOO as well as the old tree stands. Today you can see a collection of well over 1100 species of animals from Invertebrates to Apes, so a little treat for each and every specialist.
Our staff will be at your disposal to show you around our off-exhibit facilities or fulfil any special wishes you might have, like feeding manatees or making friends with elephant trunk snakes.
The modern conference venue is conveniently located just across the street from the ZOO, in a monumental setting of the UNESCO listed Centennial Hall.
In spite of heavy damage sustained during World War II Wroclaw has much to offer in terms of monuments of architecture. As vast majority of hotels are conveniently located within a walking distance from the Old Town, an evening visit to one of many restaurants, pubs and night clubs is highly recommended. You can find there food from almost any part of the world, but the Polish one is undoubtedly the best. You can also try our famous vodka drinks.
The farewell dinner will take place in an old castle, one of the many located in our region. I do hope you will find time to also enjoy the surroundings.
I would like to wish all of you a safe trip to Wrocław, a good conference and a lot of positive impressions to take home with you.
Chairman of the Board