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If come to Ranua you should not miss the zoo, in which you can see many animals of the Finnish nature. Some of them like the bears you probably don't want to have close to you when hiking, so you can come here to have look without trouble. A highlight during my visit was the feeding of the animals. We visitors gathered at the bear cage where we met an employee of the zoo at the given time. She had food for the different animals with her. The feeding procedure was done in the way that we followed her to the different places where she tried to get the animals closer to the public. It is to mention that the zoo is designed pretty close to how nature looks like, so it might be that here and there an animal doesn't want to show up because it stays in a far corner of its area. But the feeding brings them closer. Who can resist some goody?
The times for the feeding you can ask at the entrance, but they probably will tell you even without asking. The day that I was in Ranua the feeding was at 11:30 as I remember.
Important to mention: You can come here the yearround and it is worth to come here twice as many of the animals change their color related to the time in the year.
How to get there, how much it costs and more information you can read on their webpage, which is available in English, Russian and Finnish. See the link below...
Written May 6, 2008
Address: Rovaniementie 29, 97700 Ranua