Nordens Ark

Nordens Ark

A wolverine at Nordens Ark
Date opened 14 June 1989[1]
Location Sotenäs Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
Coordinates 58°26′28″N 11°26′06″E / 58.44111°N 11.435°E / 58.44111; 11.435Coordinates: 58°26′28″N 11°26′06″E / 58.44111°N 11.435°E / 58.44111; 11.435
Number of species more than 100[2]
Annual visitors about 100,000[3][4]
Memberships EAZA, WAZA

Nordens Ark (Ark of the North) is a zoo and breeding facility at the Åby säteri in Bohuslän, Sweden. Nordens Ark was opened in 1989 and is operated by the Nordens Ark Foundation (Swedish: Stiftelsen Nordens Ark). Nordens Ark is placed at the west coast of Sweden , not to far from the border to Norway. Its main purpose is to save and preserve endangered animals. This is done by [[breeding, rearing, repopulating, science, education and information which will provide understanding for this kind of efforts. Åby säteri includes 383 ha mark. 148 ha of this mark is woodland, 70 ha is arable land, 30 ha is pasture and 135 ha is deciduous forest and waste land. 60 ha has been constructed for the visitors.[4][5] Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, was appointed to Nordens Ark Supreme Protector in 1989.[1]


Nordens ark history

Nordens Ark is powered by Nordens Ark foundation and this foundation is a charitable foundation. The foundation is the owner of Åby säteri. The foundation Stiftelsen Bohus Avelscentrum was founded on 8 March 1988 and Nordens Ark was inaugurated by Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on 14 June 1989. Åby säteri was sold to the foundation in 1996 by Hushållningssällskapet. In 1997, the name of the foundation was changed to the current Stiftelsen Nordens Ark.[1]

How Nordens ark work

Nordens ark has a specific part called Lunden, this part is a private separated part the park. In this area there is quarantine for Predators and Birds. They have also an isolation part for the Ungulates and Fissiped’s. Mostly of the work with breeding take place here in Lunden. Nordens ark is open for visitors everyday from ten o’clock all year round and its about 100 000 visitors every year.

They also help to provide a good and healthy environment for the species so they have the opportunity to expand to big enough population to survive. There are three categories when it comes to the breeding and rearing work at the park.

  1. Engendered old Nordic Breeds.
  2. Engendered Nordic wild Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles and Insects.
  3. Engendered exotic wild Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles and Insects that come from an environment similar to the Nordic. There are though exceptions when it comes to Amphibians and Reptiles.

Engendered wild mammals at Nordens ark

The engendered wild animals from the northern hemisphere temperature clime zones spend their whole year outside in very big protection areas. This is because of the animal’s health and they have to have the best opportunities they can in captivity. In this areas they also tries to make it look like the animals own natural environment just to make the animals feel safe, happy and stay in good shape. It can sometimes be hard and difficult for the visitors to se this animals, partly because the areas where this animals are in is very big and it also depends on the weather. For example some animals like lying on the rocks or mountain parts when its sunny and warm weather, while some goes in to the forest to cool down. Some animals like the rain some of the seek protection under the threes a rainy day.

Engendered old Nordic farm animals at Nordens ark

Nordens ark has various types of old native breeds. For example they have nordsvensk horse, fjällko and gutefår. These kind of animals has their own sort of little farm are in the park, which is in the north part of the park.


Nordens ark has participated or is currently taking part in a number of repopulation projects. With repopulation projects it’s the purpose to release animals born at the facility into the wild, these animals have then been apart in the ongoing prodjects.

Examples of re-introduction projects that Nordens ark have been involved and participated in are;

Projects, which has been more comprhensive with regard to actions;

Purpose, science and education

Nordens ark is working with schools in all sorts of levels;

The foundation Nordens ark

Nordens ark is owned and run by the foundation Nordens ark. This foundation is supported by gifts, donations and other kind of sponsors. These can be private persons as well as companies.

The support association Nordens arks friends

Nordens ark has a support foundation, which is called Nordens ark’s friends. This foundation has about 6 000 members. Two examples of sponsors/members are Volvo trucks and the magazine GP, Goteborg post.

The farm

Nordic native breeds at Nordens ark

The wild zoo

The wild zoo at Nordens ark

Reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates

Amphibians and reptiles at Nordens ark


  1. ^ a b c "Kort historik" (in Swedish). Nordens Ark. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Våra djur" (in Swedish). Nordens Ark. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Eklund, Ann-Katrin (2 January 2010). "Nordens ark fick turistpriset" (in Swedish). Bohusläningen. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Om Nordens Ark" (in Swedish). Nordens Ark. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nordens Ark" (in Swedish). Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 14 September 2010.  (subscription required)

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