European mink

Mustela lutreola


Family: Mustelidae

One of the most endangered carnivores in Europe – their range is only 5% of the original. Diet consists mostly of frogs and fish, likes to keep a low profile near forest rivers and ditches. Last individual was spotted in Estonia was in 1996 and shortly after that Tallinn Zoo established a permanent population to protect the species from extinction. In 2001 the first European minks were introduced back into the Estonian wilderness and have now successfully managed to keep the population stable.

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  • Ticket office
  • Indoor expositions *
  • Children’s Zoo

Indoor exhibitions are closed on Mondays. The zoo's territory is open for walking until 8 PM.

How to get here

Paldiski mnt. 145 – North Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Freedom square (Vabaduse väljak) buses no. 22, 41, and 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Railway station (Balti jaam) buses no. 21, 41, and 43 (Bus stop Zoo)

Ehitajate tee 150 – West Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Karikakra or Nurmenuku) From Railway station (Balti jaam) bus no. 43 (Bus stop Karikakra, Nurmenuku or Zoo) Buses no. 10, 12, 13, 28, 37, 45, 46, 47

Zoo map


E-R +372 6943 300; Emergency: 512 69 65

Ehitajate tee 150/Paldiski mnt. 145
Tallinn 13522, Estonia

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