Even the Belgrade Zoo will be moved out of the city center in order to make Kalemegdan, where the Belgrade Castle is located, a World Heritage Site.
Aleksandar Sapic, the mayor of the Serbian capital, recently announced that the process to inscribe the historic city center of Belgrade, Kalemegdan, on the UNESCO World Heritage List would be launched, which will also entail the relocation of the local zoo.
The new zoo will open on Safari Island (Ada Safari), between the Sava River and one of its tributaries, with its planning only just beginning now. The mayor also stressed that the zoo’s employees agree with the decision and that it was also the dream of the former legendary director of the institution, Vuk Bojovic, to move the animals to an island. The location of Safari Island is ideal because it is close to the city center and will be easily accessible to everyone in the future. The zoo is currently home to almost two thousand specimens of more than 250 species, which will be able to live in an area twice as large, in much more peaceful and green surroundings.
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