Vivarium Proteus

  Jamska cesta 30     more than a year ago
Did you know that over 150 different species are found in Postojna Cave making it the most biodiverse cave system in the world with many of the weird and wonderful creatures living in its depths so well adapted to the conditions of the cave that to be taken outside of the underworld would mean certain death? Well, now you do, and the Vivarium Proteus (located just 50m inside the entrance to the cave) is the place to go to find out more. Postojna Cave is the cradle of a special form of biology known as speleobiology, the study of cave dwelling life which first came to prominence in 1831, with dozens of species having been discovered and documented at Postojna. The vivarium itself is made up of two sections, one for research and the other an exhibition space which showcases a wide range of fascinating cave dwelling animals that can be found in the Postojna Cave and in some of the more than 11,300 other caves across Slovenia. Evolution has done its thing with the animals that inhabit the underground caverns and waterways developing strange features with many of them translucent, completely lacking in pigment or else are blind with eyes of course being useless in the pitch darkness. One such creature and the undisputed king of the underworld receives a lot of attention, it is the olm, more commonly called the Human Fish - the mysterious flesh toned (hence the name) amphibian that lives for up to 100 years in the subterranean waters of the Karst and may go years without a feed. We could ramble on with interesting facts about the human fish though the vivarium is much more informative and interesting than us, so go and learn about it there.



Nov - Mar 09:30 - 15:30, Apr 09:30 - 16:30, May, Jun & Sep 08:30 - 17:30, Jul & Aug 08:30 - 18:30.

Price/Additional Info

Adults €8, students €6.40, children under 15 €4.80, children under five €1.


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