The idea for the zoo came into being towards the end of the 1940s and was enthusiastically supported by local people. There was such enthusiasm that the authorities of the time actually gave the project the go ahead towards the end of 1953.
An area of around 100 hectares (now the zoo covers 136 hectares) was designated for the project in a forest valley not far from the centre of Oliwa.
The location was chosen on the grounds of its excellent topology and sheltered atmospheric conditions.
The people of the Tri-City helped out initially with the work on the zoo, putting in pathways, tapping into water supplies and diverting them to the animals' quarters. They also helped build the monkey cages as well as the reptile and bird house.
The seals and penguins received a special pool with fresh running water. This vast unpaid voluntary work carried out by the people of Gdansk was literally pricelss. The zoo now houses over 180 species of animal (around 1000 animals).
The zoo is open all year round:
April Opening Hours:
Week days: 9.00 - 17.00, ticket office: 9.00 - 16.00
weekends and holidays: 9.00 - 18.00, ticket office: 9.00 - 17.00
From May 1st: 9.00 - 19.00, ticket office: 9.00 - 18.00
Concessions: 4,50 zł
Full-price: 9,00 zł