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If the sheer romance of the gentle, rolling hills; winding, tree-lined alleys; magnificent, manmade lakes; lush, thick woods; and charming, historic cafés (Vidikovac for the view, the Swiss House for the coffee) are not enough of a reason to visit Maksimir Park, surely a baby sea lion is.

 

56 little creatures, cuddly and cold-blooded alike, have been born in Zagreb’s Zoo, housed in Maksimir Park, since this past February. The youngest, and seemingly most popular, is this now one-week-old baby sea lion, born to parents Edith and Zagi. Others include chimpanzees, lemurs, lions, antelopes, storks, owls, and numerous amphibians.

 

Opened in 1794, the park is just a ten minute tram-ride east of the city center. Stretching across more than eighteen hectares of land, it is located across from Maksimir Stadium, stomping ground of Dinamo Zagreb. The zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the newcomers are growing quickly!

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