If your children love animals, there is a multitude of things to do in Skåne. Spend a day at the zoo, visit an old preserved farm with traditional live stock or risk a serious cuteness overload at the alpaca safari. Listed below are a few of the options available for families with animal-loving little ones.

Skånes Djurpark - the zoo of the region

Skånes Djurpark - the zoo of the region

Skånes Djurpark is home to more than a thousand wild and tame Nordic animals. Since there is a lot to see here, you can easily spend a whole day wandering the grounds and discovering the different species. Have a picnic while watching the majestic elks, look for the foxes as they hide in the bushes and cuddle away in the petting zoo where visitors are allowed to handle and feed the animals. Don’t miss the newest attraction of the zoo - the worlds first Shaun the Sheep theme park.

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Alpaca trekking - fluffy furs and friendly temper

Alpaca trekking - fluffy furs and friendly temper

Perhaps your kids are not all that into hiking? Well, maybe that will change if their walk is accompanied by an adorably fluffy alpaca. These dreamy fairytale creatures are placid, friendly animals and on the farm Alpacahof in northern Skåne you can book an alpaca trekking adventure for you and your family. A walk through the forest in the company of alpakkas is a unique experience, and even children who are shy and anxious usually feel at ease with alpacas whos friendly and sensitive nature is impossible to resist. The walk takes around two hours, including a picnic-stop. Cuddle away!

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Tropikariet - an indoor zoo with exotic species

Tropikariet - an indoor zoo with exotic species

Have you ever petted a shark or a crocodile? Or would you prefer to feed the meerkats? In Tropikariet you can do that and so much more. Located in the city of Helsingborg, this indoor zoo focusing on unique experiences is home to exotic species from all around the world. Meet lemurs from Madagascar, check out  the world’s smallest monkey from South America and visit the Rainforest Night, with its bat cave full of flying dogs and slow loris climbing the trees. Look out for the poisonous repriles in the African section and check out the impressive shark tank. In the cuddle-pools you can touch a number of different sea creatures before you finish your visit with some waffles in the café Masai Mara.

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Fredriksdal - an open air museum with animals

Fredriksdal - an open air museum with animals

At Fredriksdal museums and gardens you can stroll around the old, preserved farmsteads and see how people once used to live in Skåne, and meet all the animals that people in the countryside kept, such as goats, geese, cats, dogs, sheep, cows and horses. There are plenty of activities here for the whole family and every Friday kids are invited to help the farmer feed the animals.

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Porpoise Safari – see dolphins up close

Porpoise Safari – see dolphins up close

Ever been to a Porpoise Safari? The Porpoise is a small toothed whale that looks like a dolphin. Come along on a one hour boat trip and see the porpoises up close and marvel at the fantastic Kullaberg scenery with alluring coves and mysterious caves. You also get to experience the marine fauna in the aquariums, touch the starfish and watch underwater videos of porpoises. There´s also an evening tour of the magical coastline.

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Tykarpsgrottan - bat caves of Tykarp

Tykarpsgrottan - bat caves of Tykarp

Visit an intriguing system of underground caves that lie 12 metres below ground. The atmosphere in Tykarpsgrottan cave verges on the magical and no less then 8 different species of bats live and hibernate here, sleeping through winter hanging upside down from the ceiling. The cave is open for visitors from April-September and on certain days and hours and with arranged guided tours and bat safaris.

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Ystad Animal Park – exotic animals

Ystad Animal Park – exotic animals

In the undulating countryside west of Ystad, you can see around 60 different species of animals from around the world: zebras, lemurs, camels, monkeys, birds and reptiles. For younger visitors, there’s also a pet’s corner, pony riding, a playground and a heated pool with a children’s pool for those days when it’s too cold to swim in the sea.

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