West caucasian tur

Capra caucasica


This sizeable artiodactyl moves on rocks with amazing agility, leaping impressive lengths. Living on a narrow strip of habitat in the western part of the Greater Caucasus, the West Caucasian tur may have the smallest natural range of any ungulate. The species can be found in Georgia and Karachay-Cherkessia (Russia).

The tur roams over rocky hillsides, alpine meadows and wooded regions at altitudes from 800 m to 4,200 m. There is a seasonal migration covering a vertical distance of about 2,000 m, upwards in spring and downwards in autumn. The major threats are livestock grazing in the tur’s habitat, poaching and the impact of severe winters. Total number: <10,000, ↓

International studbook for the West Caucasian tur is kept by Olomouc Zoo.

The horn length of an adult male is up to 84 cm.

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

* Indoor exhibitions and children's zoo are closed in March.
Cash registers open from 9 am to 3 pm, card payments only.
Self-service registers open from 9 am to 5 pm, card payments only.
The zoo's territory is open for walking until 7 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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