Givskud Zoo - a completely dierent zoo ...
Givskud Zoo started in 1969 as a lion park and in
the rst years, it only featured lions. Since then, the
animal population has been expanded with many
new species, and today the park houses approx. 50
The Lion Park, as it was then, was founded in 1969
by Jacob Hansen. Jacob Hansen owned a smaller zoo
in Vejle. He had, in Europe, drawn inspiration for the
rst Danish safari park with free-range lions. Despite
many start-up problems and skeptical authorities,
the Lion Park in Givskud opened on August 12, 1969,
and already from the rst season, the park became a
The idea of allowing guests to experience free-range
animals in large plants proved to be extremely viable.
In the years following its opening, the Lion Park was
expanded and started featuring a large number of other
animal species as well. The idea was to create a fresh
alternative to the more traditional zoos in the cities.
Givskud Zoo is today in its modern form with large facilities,
one of the best opportunities to display larger
animals in a dignied manner. Givskud Zoo is one of
just eight state-recognized zoos in Denmark.
2019 was Givskud Zoo’s 50th anniversary season and
this was celebrated with news. These included Europe’s
largest park of spectacled bears and the nine meters tall
climbing frame, Skywalk.
If you want to visit the zoo, you can have three very
dierent experiences in one ticket. It is cheapest to
buy the ticket online. Zoo on foot, safari park in your
own car and the impressive dinosaur park. A visit to
the Givskud Zoo is much more than a classic zoo visit,
as you know it from other zoos. You also get an amazing
safari experience. At the entrance you will get a
free park guide with maps of the park. Here, the safari
route is marked.
If you choose to walk on foot through the approximately
six kilometres long path system, you will experience
lots of animals. Elephants, camels, wolves,
gorillas and many more.
If you go by car, you can follow the safari route through
North and South America, the African savannas and
into the lions territory. Your safari begins as soon as
you enter the park and you are led down to the rst
parking lot, P1. Here you can park your car and walk
around to see the animals. From P1, you can drive
through several safari areas and experience animals
from South America, North America and Africa. Meet
alpacas, bison, antelopes, zebras, giraes and many
more. And just a tip for the trip: take your time and
you’ll have many more fun experiences. On the way
to the car safari, you come to another parking lot P2.
Here you can park your car and take a classic zoo walk
among the African animals in the area. Among other
things, you can experience the large gorilla plant.
Continue the trip with yet another African savanna with
rhino and wildebeest before you reach what is the highlight
of the visit - the lions. When the car windows are
closed, you are locked through the double gates into the
lion’s ock. And if you did not see enough the rst time,
you can run the safari several times.
If you do not have your own car or prefer a guided tour
around the park, you can buy a ticket and take the Safari
bus. It follows the same route as the car safari. The
safari bus runs approx. every half hour.
Discover the large dinosaurs, which look very trueto
life in the beautiful forest environment of the dinosaur
park in a large outdoor forest area. Go back in
time and meet, among other things, the giant Argentinosaurus
and the deadly Tyrannosaurus rex.
The Dinosaur Park shows the largest dinosaur exhibition
ever in Denmark. You can see more than 50 dinosaurs
from 26 dierent species of natural size - from
the very largest herbivore of about 80 tonnes to the
You can go on an exciting journey of time many millions
of years back in time, to a time when there were
no humans at all. At a time when the climate was
warm and the land mostly consisted of coniferous
forests and swampy areas, and where Denmark was
covered with water. At that time, the dinosaurs were
alive. You can experience both the full-grown giants
and small newly hatched cubs.
No matter how you choose to get around the park,
you can have a great day, with many exciting experiences
with the animals.
At P2 there is also a covered barbecue and dining areas
as well as a large playground where children can
have fun. You can also visit the Baobab restaurant.
Here you can enjoy food with a touch of Africa while
enjoying the view of the lake and the playground.
You can read more at www.givskudzoo.dk
Givskud Zoo - Zootopia
Løveparkvej 3, Givskud
Phone +45 75 73 02 22