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. 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 can handle and feed the animals. Don’t miss the biggest attractions of the zoo - the world's first Shaun the Sheep theme park or the “Expedition Up” with wooden bridges in the trees that allow you to watch the animals from high above.

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Alpaca trekking - fluffy furs and friendly temper

Alpaca trekking - fluffy furs and friendly temper

These dreamy fairy-tale creatures are placid, friendly animals. On the Alpackahof farm in northern Skåne you can book an alpaca trekking adventure for the whole family. A walk through the forest in the company of alpacas is a unique experience, and even children who are shy and anxious usually feel at ease with alpacas, whose friendly, sensitive nature is impossible to resist. The walk takes around two hours, including a picnic-stop.

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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 want to feed the meerkats? At Tropikariet you can do that and so much more. Located in the city of Helsingborg, this indoor zoo 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 reptiles in the African section and check out the impressive shark tank. In the cuddle-pools you can touch 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 used to live in Skåne. Meet all the animals that people 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

This intriguing system of underground caves is close to Hässleholm in central Skåne.
Miners have been digging for limestone for centuries, which has left a deep system of caves that are open to visitors parts of the year.
Entering these caves that lie 12 metres below ground is an exciting and chilly experience, so be sure to bring your sweater. The caves have been used as background in many movie recordings, the most famous is the children’s movie Ronja - the robber's daughter, based on the popular novel by Astrid Lindgren.
The caves are far from abandoned. Today they are inhabited by 8 different species of bat that live and hibernate here, sleeping through winter hanging upside down from the ceiling.
From October until March/April the caves are closed to protect bats. The rest of the year they are open for visitors on certain days and there are bat safaris. Check out the web page for more information.

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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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