Elistvere animal park and visitor centre

Renovation and maintenance work on the exterior facade of the building is taking place in Elistvere. The entrance to the building and the zoo remains the same, but please be cautious due to the scaffolding. We apologize for any inconvenience!
Elistvere Visitor Centre is situated in RMK Tartu–Jõgeva Recreation Area, on the second floor of the entrance building of the highly popular Elistvere Animal Park. Elistvere Animal Park was established in 1997 and aims to share nature education and offer visitors a chance to watch wild animals in their natural environment. The visitor centre contributed to this aim by offering nature study programmes and organising events. It also introduces the recreation opportunities in the entire Tartu–Jõgeva area and offers educational programmes in the surrounding nature.
PhoneElle Mäerand, communication manager, +372 525 3395
Opening hours1 February to 31 May Mon to Sun 10.00–17.00
1 June to 31 August, Mon to Sun 10.00–20.00
1 September to 31 October, Mon to Sun 10.00–17.00
1 November to 31 January , Mon to Sun 10.00–15.00
Type of objectVisitor Centre
Parking facilitiesParking for 30 cars or 6 buses
  • Discount campaign programs for general education schools and kindergartens in the winter, spring and autumn;
  • Paid educational nature programs;
  • Information and promotional materials about RMK Tartu–Jõgeva Recreation Area and other RMK recreation areas;
  • Forest and nature-related events;
  • Thematic and educational programmes for school teachers and others;
  • The hall of the visitor centre available for rental for nature-related meetings, workshops, events; Price: up to 3 hours 15 EUR/per hour.
Camping facilities Elistvere campfire site
Outdoor fireplace yes
Campfire site yes
Water Tap wter during the opening time of the visitor centre
Hiking options Elistvere study trail
SightsThe visitor centre is situated in RMK Tartu–Jõgeva Recreation Area, in the entrance building of Elistvere Animal Park. In addition to exhibitions displayed in the visitor centre you can visit the animal park.
Additional information
LocationElistvere Village, Tartu Municipality, Tartu County 
Driving directionsIf coming from Tartu, drive 12 km on Tartu–Jõgeva road, turn right towards Kukulinna and drive 3 km. Choose the right branch of the road and drive 6.7 km to the Elistvere village. The animal park is situated in the Elistvere village. If coming from Tallinn, drive to Jõgeva, then on Jõgeva–Tartu road up to Tabivere and turn left at the sign “Elistvere loomapark 6”.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.576250
longitude: 26.685010
L-EST 97 x: 6496043 y: 656162