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Rare Historical Photos of Copenhagen Zoo from the Late-19th Century that will Make Your Day

Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest zoos, founded in 1859. The zoo covers 11 hectares (27 acres) and is situated between Frederiksberg Gardens and Søndermarken Park in Frederiksberg.

Danish ornithologist, Niels Kjærbølling founded the zoo in 1859. Visitors could see eagles, chickens, ducks, owls, rabbits, a fox, a seal in a bathtub, and a turtle in a bucket at the opening. As the zoo grew, it began to display as many different types of animals as possible. Still, as animal welfare became a concern, the number of other species dropped in favor of allowing each animal more space.  Since the early 1980s, Copenhagen Zoo has been undergoing renovations to replace cages with enclosures that recreate animals’ natural environments, giving animals a better lifestyle and visitors a more realistic experience.

#1 Animals here were treated like human and even had their own toys

Animals here were treated like human and even had their own toys

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#2 The zoo’s restaurant in 1897

The zoo's restaurant in 1897

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#3 A bear became new member of the zoo in 1930s

A bear became new member of the zoo in 1930s

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#4 A baby hippo taking a bath

A baby hippo taking a bath

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#5 Training animals

Training animals

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#6 A suited man squats down and strokes a seal that has been transported in a net carrier

A suited man squats down and strokes a seal that has been transported in a net carrier

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#7 A chimpanzee drink milk just like human

A chimpanzee drink milk just like human

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#8 A girl watching a sea lion’s performance

A girl watching a sea lion's performance

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#9 A elephant seemed to be enjoying cleaning

A elephant seemed to be enjoying cleaning

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#10 Two bears looking outside curiously

Two bears looking outside curiously

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#11 A giant elephant seal from behind

A giant elephant seal from behind

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#12 The rare elephant seal was the zoo’s treasure

The rare elephant seal was the zoo's treasure

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#13 A zoo keeper taking care of the seals

A zoo keeper taking care of the seals

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#14 Two baby polar bears with their mother in 1859

Two baby polar bears with their mother in 1859

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#15 Fish was the favorite meal of this huge seal

Fish was the favorite meal of this huge seal

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#16 Three sea lions lined up for dinner

Three sea lions lined up for dinner

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#17 Two boys watching zebras

Two boys watching zebras

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#18 Camel was one of the rare animals in this zoo

Camel was one of the rare animals in this zoo

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#19 Drink time

Drink time

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#20 A chimpanzee waving at tourists next to a board with her details

A chimpanzee waving at tourists next to a board with her details

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Written by Jacob Aberto

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