It was Hazelius's intention, right from the start, to concentrate on showing the Scandinavian fauna even though a number of exotic animals from elsewhere were admitted to Skansen. This is still the case today. As a zoo, Skansen is primarily committed to showing Scandinavian animals.
Some 75 different species and breeds of Scandinavian animals are represented at Skansen – more than anywhere else. There are traditional breeds of cows, pigs, horses, sheep and goats, geese, hens and ducks. And there are wild animals such as brown bears, wolves, seals, lynx, wolverines and elks. There is a children’s zoo where visitors can meet goats, cats, chicks and other small animals.
The Skansen Aquarium, with the World of Monkeys, has about 200 exotic species. Meet fish, corals, crocodiles, turtles, lizards, snakes, naked mole-rats, pygmy marmosets, golden lion tamarins, baboons, lemurs, spiders, insects, bats and parrots. Visitors are allowed in to some of the animals, such as the lemurs and the animals in the Children's Rain Forest.
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Wolverine The wolverine is a member of the weasel family that lives in northern Sweden. It is a predator that hunts for its food, but often has to make do with leftovers from the prey of animals such as wolves and bears.
Otter The otter is a member of the weasel family that was threatened with extinction in Sweden. Skansen has been involved in a highly successful project to release otters into the wild.
Wolf The wolf is the ancestor of all modern-day dogs. It mainly lives off elk and other large prey.
Lynx The lynx is Sweden’s only wild feline. It is a shy predator that is rarely spotted in the wild. The lynx mainly lives off roe deer.
Scandinavian brown bear There are more than 3,000 brown bears living in the wild in Sweden. They are omnivores, and they hibernate over winter.
Elk This impressive deer is known as the king of the forest. Today there are plenty of elk in the forests of Sweden, but in the early 20th century they were almost wiped out.
Reindeer Domesticated reindeer are an important part of Sami economy and culture. They are descended from the wild reindeer that still live in Norway and Siberia.Grey seal The grey seal is the largest seal species to be found in Swedish waters. It can grow up to three metres long and weigh up to 300 kg.
Common seal The common seal is smaller and more slender than other seals, with a round head and nostrils that form a V shape.
Wild boar The wild boar was almost wiped out in Sweden, but a number of boars escaped from captivity in the latter part of the twentieth century. Estimates suggest that there are now around 300,000 boars in the wild.
European bison The European bison was wiped out in Europe at the time of the First World War, but a few remained at zoos including Skansen and at Avesta in central Sweden. Thanks to these, many European bison have now been reintroduced to forests in Poland and Romania.
Red fox The red fox is a canine that survives by hunting voles and other small prey. At Skansen, the red foxes share an enclosure with the brown bears, but they have their own separate areas and lairs that the bears cannot access.
Great grey owl The great grey owl is also known as the Lapland owl, and is a native of northern Sweden. It mainly eats voles.
Eagle owl The eagle owl is Sweden’s largest owl species, and is a shy hunter. The eagle owls here at Skansen are part of a project to reintroduce the species to the Stockholm archipelago.
Guereza These beautiful monkeys are exhibited as part of Skansen’s aim of highlighting the general situation of monkeys in Africa, where they face problems such as poaching and illegal