Nordens Ark


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Nordens Ark, on the Swedish west coast, is a private, non-profit foundation focusing on conservation, rearing, and research of endangered animals. Their zoo houses roughly 80 animal species from around the world, ranging from insects, frogs and birds to reindeer, wolves and cats large and small.

From Smogen, we travelled to the head of Abyfjorden and ran the tender in to visit the zoo. We really enjoyed the zoo, especially the big cats, and particularly the endangered Endangered Amur Tiger, the largest cat in the world, and the incredibly cute Persian leopard cub, born two months earlier at Nordens Ark.

Below are trip highlights from Sept 16,2019 at Nordens Ark on the west coast of Sweden. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

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Cable Ferry
Passing the Tullboden-Malmon cable ferry en route to Nordens Ark at the head of Abyfjorden.
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Cliffs
Abyfjorden cliffs aglow in the morning sun.
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Breakfast
Breakfast in the cockpit at our anchorage near the head of Abyfjorden.
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Tender
The tender tied off at the Nordens Ark dock.
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Amur Tiger
Endangered Amur Tiger (previously called Siberian Tiger) at the Nordens Ark Zoo.
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Close-Up
A close-up of the Amur Tiger. We were lucky it spent a fair deal of time by the viewing window when we were there.
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Full View
What a beautiful animal.
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Big Paws
The Amur Tiger is the largest cat in the world and has the paws to prove it.
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Paw Prints
When James walked into the viewing window the Amur tiger charged and slammed its paws high up into the glass. We were so startled we didn’t get a picture, but you can see the paw prints it left on the glass. We’re not sure what Siberian animal James resembles, but whatever it is must be tasty.
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Big Teeth
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King of the Hill
The Amur Tiger is just over 10ft (3m) long and weighs about 650lbs (300 kg).
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Resting
We spent ages watching the beautiful Amur Tiger, but eventually had to tear ourselves away to see the rest of the zoo.
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Boardwalk
Elevated boardwalks throughout Nordens Ark provide great views to the animals.
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White-Backed Woodpecker
A critically endangered White-Backed Woodpecker. Nordens Ark has successfully bred these birds and annually releases young woodpeckers into the wild.
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Tadjik Markhor
Screw-shaped antlers of the near-threatened Tadjik Markhor.
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Eurasian Eagle Owl
A Eurasian Eagle Owl, the world’s largest owl.
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Snow Leopard
An endangered snow leopard keeping an eye on us.
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Cleaning
Snow Leopard cleaning.
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Amur Leopard
A critically-endangered Amur Leopard is the world’s most endangered cat, long hunted for its beautiful fur.
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Urial
Curved horns on a male Urial ram. The species is listed as vulnerable.
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Persian Leopard
An endangered Persian leopard.
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Persian Leopard Cub
An incredibly cute two-month-old Persian leopard cub born at Nordens Ark. Those big paws give an indication that it has a lot of growing yet to do.
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Mom Cleaning
The mother Persian leopard cleaning her cub.
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Mother Persian Leopard
Mom keeping a close eye on us as we watch her and the cub.
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Pallas Cat
The near-threatened Pallas Cat lives in the central Asia, where winter temperatures can drop to -58F (-50C).
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Raised Boardwalk
We loved the raised boardwalks throughout Nordens Ark. The zoo is beautifully built.
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Wolf
A lone wolf relaxing in the grass.
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Reindeer
A reindeer with a large set of antlers.
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Scottish Wildcat
The biggest threat to the Scottish wildcat is interbreeding with domestic cats. The offspring are fertile, spreading domestic cat genes into the wildcat population.
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Wolverine
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Dirona
View to Dirona at anchor from Nordens Ark.
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River Otter
A near-threatened river otter.
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Wet Otter
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Wetlands
Nordens Ark has an extensive wetlands area that is home to a variety of threatened bird species.
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Great Grey Owl
Sleeping Great Grey Owl.
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Przewalskis Wild Horse
An endangered Przewalskis Wild Horse, the only surviving wild horse breed that has never been domesticated by man.
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Dohle
The Dohle, or Asian wild dog is Asia’s most endangered predator, more so than tigers and snow leopards.
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European Bison
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Red Panda
An endangered Red Panda sleeping high up in the tree branches.
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Abyfjorden
Dirona anchored near the head of Abyfjorden. We’d come mainly to visit Nordens Ark, but it turned out to be a lovely anchorage as well. We enjoyed our stop there.
Show locations on map Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.

On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

 
 


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2 comments on “Nordens Ark
  1. John S. says:

    Thanks for wonderful photos of animals in Nordens Ark. I found the Snow Leopard particularly stunning. Otters are such lovable critters — intelligent, sly and playful. I named one of my boats OTTER to honor them.

    • Otters are wonderful animals and we both really liked the snow leopard as well. The two animals that captured us for close to an hour each were the Amur Tiger and the Persian Leopard mother and cub. We enjoyed all the animals but those three were incredible.

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