Once a small park with bears as its main attraction, now the facilities are housing a number of large, national attractions. Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park has evolved into one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. This year it is turning 50, an occasion that is being celebrated with two stamps prepared by Norway Post.
StampNews.com invites every stamp collector to appreciate these two original philatelic items.
When Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park opened in 1966, the plan was to build a zoo with animals from the Norwegian wilderness. But on the day after Christmas, December 26, 1979, Julius the chimpanzee was born. Julius' father did not want anything to do with him, so Julius grew up with the family of the zoo's director, Edvard Moseid.
Julius became a magnet for children of all ages, and a few years later Captain Sabertooth followed up the success in Kjuttaviga with night performances written by Terje Formoe. Both are now being celebrated on a stamp.
The water park was finished in 2010 and is the largest investment in the history of the zoo. The large park attracted even more visitors, and their numbers have been increasing every year. In 2015 the number of visitors passed the one-million mark!
This summer's anniversary program will bring together both children and adults, and it clearly demonstrates that the park holds the position as Norway's oldest and largest amusement park.