The Zoological Gardens of Pistoia were created thanks to Raffaello Galardini and inaugurated on April 19th 1970. The zoo is situated in the beautiful hills around Pistoia in a wooded area of 75,000m² and is home to over 600 animals, including about 65 species of mammals, 40 species of birds and 30 species of reptiles.
The majestic jaguar, the mighty polar bear, the agile Rothschild's giraffe, the enormous reticulated python and the rare Madagascan ring-tailed lemur are just some of the animals to be found in the zoo. New plans to make the zoo even more attractive and interesting will soon be underway. The management intends to make it a leading conservation centre for endangered species and for environmental study. A day at the zoo is undoubtedly a unique opportunity to experience the animal world at close range.