High School - Norway, High School Abroad

A Visit to the Living Park Zoo in Norway

by Mitchell Mahar, CCI Greenheart Travel High School Exchange Student in Norway

Siberian Tiger

Norwegian Wolf

Norwegian Lynx

Fjellrev (Arctic Fox in English)



















These pictures are from “Dyreparken” in Kristiansand, Norway. This park is the largest zoo in Norway.  What’s unique about this place from many of America’s zoos is the massive size. This park is about 150 acres, which is huge for a zoo compared with American zoos.  Surrounded by beautiful mountains, this park is nicknamed “The living park.” I think it has been nicknamed well, this park has its own TV show and puts all of its resources into teaching children and adults alike about the animals and conservation in a fun and interactive way. When you are at this zoo, it’s just amazing to see exactly how big this place is. However, they don’t have as many animals as you would think it should have.

In Norway, there are laws that protect these beautiful animals. Each animal has to have a certain amount of space to live in; which allows each animal to be happy. Dyreparken is the most famous amusement/zoo in Norway. In the summertime, this place is hoppin’. This park has a small pond with “Black Lady” ship that is captained by Captain Sabertooth, who might be the most popular fictional character in Norway. In the summer, there is almost always a show, in which the pirates battle it out as they attempt to take their plunder.

In another part of the park there is a town that the Norwegians called “Kardemomme by,” which is a tribute to Captain Sabertooth’s main rival in the fictional world. This book “Kardemomme by” is a book written by Thorbjфrn Egner. You should definitely pick this book up if you are near a library.

This park also contains a great water park that is extremely popular in the summertime. I would definitely love to go back to this great park in the summertime, when this great park is the main attraction of Norway. If you are ever in the area, I hope you will take the time to see this great place.

In conclusion, I had a great time at Dyreparken and I really hope I get to come back to this great place.


About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.


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