Lithuanian Zoo set to become one of most modern zoos in region2012-09-12
Following several years of renovation and reconstruction, the Kaunas-based Lithuanian Zoo could become one of the most modern zoos in the region. European Union Regional Development Fund support will be used to prepare a feasibility study and detailed plan of the territory of this zoo by next September. LTL 260,000 has been granted for this purpose under a financing agreement signed by the Environmental Project Management Agency under the Ministry of Environment and the Lithuanian Zoo. The preparation of the feasibility study will be started in December, with consultations with a working group comprised of representatives of the zoo, the Ministry of Environment and other institutions currently underway.
The preparation of the feasibility study and detailed plan will be followed by the development of technical designs and the preparation of applications for European Union support for the period 2014-2020. These funds would be used for specific renovation works, which are expected to take approximately five years.
According to Selemonas Paltanavičius, Chief Specialist of the Biodiversity Division of the Nature Protection Department of the Ministry of Environment, the current Lithuanian Zoo does not meet all EU requirements. It does not ensure adequate living conditions for all animals. Some of the aviaries were built more than 50 years ago.
During the renovation of the zoo, the living environment of animals would be improved to be as similar as possible to their natural habitat and suitable for active movement. More educational and recreational areas for visitors could be arranged as well.
Information of the Ministry of Environment, telephone 266 3660
12 September 2012