The Attica Zoological Park is the only zoo in Greece, receiving hundreds of thousands of visitors of all ages, every year, from all over the country.
The Attica Zoological Park was initially founded as a bird park in May 2000, hosting the world’s third largest collection of birds (1,100 birds from 300 different species). Striving to combine entertainment with education, it now offers visitors a unique journey to the five continents, through the lives of more than 1800 animals from 300 species, such as lions, Asian elephants, giraffes, monkeys, bears, penguins, parrots, dolphins and many more, in an area of over 20 hectares.
While zoos are a place for entertainment and relaxation, central to the philosophy of Attica Zoological Park is an effort not only to entertain, but also to educate our visitors. Raising public awareness of the animal kingdom, as well preserving and breeding endangered species – some 30% of the park animals are rare or threatened by extinction – are among our main objectives. Our pursuit is to be, first and foremost, a place of education and conservation.
ENVIRONMENTAL DISCOVERY & LEARNING PROGRAMS
The Interactive Programs are hands-on educational programs, where our guests learn about the natural world through contact with live animals, natural artifacts (biofacts), multimedia presentations, videos and interactive activities such as educational games, arts and crafts.
7-9 year olds
1. Being a Dolphin
Children will discover the main features that make a dolphin such a special animal. By using simple tools, they will learn about their physiology: their size, their ability to hold their breath and see in the dark, the way they communicate with different sounds. They will have the unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to meet a dolphin and learn from their animal-care staff, who know them best as they spend their whole working day with them.
2. Habitats – Where do Animals Live
The African Savannah is a dry open space that shows no mercy from the ferocious predators that roam freely over the plains. A Tropical Rainforest on the other hand may have many hiding places but unexpected dangers lurk around the corner. What makes up a habitat, which animals live there and how do they survive in the harsh conditions of the wild? Learn about amazing animal survival tactics, the problems that arise when humans and wild animals come into contact and what we do to overcome these problems. Help us enrich our animals’ homes; visit the large collection of wild cats, our own African Savannah and Tropical House.
3. Animals of the Greek Forest
The Wolf did not eat Little Red Riding Hood and the Griffon vulture does not prey on live sheep. Discover why Greek wildlife should not be feared but be respected and protected. Learn how these animals survive in the Mediterranean landscape, what threats they face and how they can live together with humans, side by side. Watch Vicky, the Otter, swim in her personal pool, our family of Bears forage for fruit and fish, the Wolves eat and play and our rescued Vultures show off their wing span.
Education Material for students:
Circle the animals of the Greek forest
Match the shadow to the animal
Match the shadow to the animal & pawprint
10 – 12 years
1. Animal Behavior
How do Chimpanzees show their enthusiasm? When does the Lion grumble? How do Lemurs fight for dominance? All these and more will be answered in this session that introduces how animals behave and the benefits of their behavior in the wild. You will make food gifts for the Chimpanzees and observe them as they interact with each other and take a mini-tour to explore the behavior of other animals.
2. Monkeys, Apes and Human
If you understand the concept of evolution, you will know that Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom and very intelligent animals indeed. Find out what makes apes and other primates special, how we are all related, why apes are seriously threatened in the wild and what we can do to help them survive. You will also learn what the difference between monkeys and apes is and you will meet and greet our funky monkeys, friendly lemurs, loud chimpanzees and athletic gibbons. Finally, to enrich their daily lives you will construct food-gifts for the chimps or the gibbons.