[Rotterdam, July 6] Diergaarde Blijdorp (Blijdorp Zoo), officially Rotterdam Zoo, is a zoo located in the northwestern part of Rotterdam. It is one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands, and has been operated by the Stichting Koninklijke Rotterdamse Diergaarde (“Royal Rotterdam Zoo Foundation”). Divided into several zoogeographic regions, the 26-hectare Blijdorp Zoo boasts well over 180 species.

Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

The Rotterdam Zoo moved to its new location in the Blijdorp district prior to the bombing of Rotterdam in World War II, which destroyed most of the city centre. The original zoo had been heavily damaged in a bombing two days prior to the Blitz, but it had not been touched by the main bombardment on May 14, 1940. The new zoo at Blijdorp was rebuilt slightly to the north, where it opened to the public in its current location on December 7, 1940. The new zoo was designed by Dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn, who designed the central railway station of Rotterdam as well. In 2007, the zoo was declared a rijksmonument.

Here is a photographic impression of the Rotterdam Zoo on the new (stock photo) website designjaap.com