The Bitola Zoo was founded in 1951 by a group of committed nature enthusiasts living in the city of Bitola. Several years after its formation, due to the specificity and importance of its mission, the zoo was placed under the direct supervision of the former central state administration.
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Bitola Zoo is a municipally owned and publicly operated facility. There are two public zoos in the Republic of Macedonia, the second to be found in the capital city, Skopje.
Thе beautiful natural setting of the Bitola Zoo on the sloping hills surrounding Bitola offers the visitor a beautiful valley view, while the rising wooded hill above provides cool breeze and shade. The variety of terrain within the Bitola Zoo allows for animals with varying habitats but maintains a path suitable for all ages of visitors to explore the zoo environs. The rolling hillside location suggests a larger area than the actual size of the zoo, which at 2 square hectares places it in the category of small zoological gardens.
Zoo Bitola holds more than 30 different species, with more than 400 individual animals.
Today, the zoo operates under the direct jurisdiction of the Municipal Council of Bitola.