100 European mink at Tallinn zoo will get a new breeding facility

Tallinn zoo started to build a new breeding facility for the European mink. Currently used mink enclosures were built 20 years ago and needed to be replaced.

The new facility, which is located at a remote area in the zoo, will have five enclosure modules with 20 breeding pens (100 in total). In addition to the main enclosures, there will be four bigger pre-release enclosures at the end of four modules and a maintenance area for the mink keepers in the middle of the facility.

The construction work should end in June 2019.


Construction site of the European mink breeding facility in Tallinn Zoo


Christmas present ideas – charity merchandise from our webshop

Looking for a christmas present? Check out what we sell at our webshop HERE! For example, you can buy cool and practical European mink themed merchandise! All proceeds go to a species protection charity.

Through Lutreola, everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the protection of endangered animals by making a donation or buying our merchandise.

IBAN: EE692200221012181039

Liivalaia 8
15040 Tallinn

Please mention the species whose protection you wish to support in the payment (European mink, rhino, snow leopard, amur leopard or tiger).

Winners of the drawing contest “Estonia’s 100 minks”

Tallinn Zoo’s first European mink drawing contest received 131 pictures from children aged 3 to 14. All drawings were divided into five age groups and the best got awarded. And not only that, the awarded pictures will also be added to a new European mink charity notebooks, which can be purchased from Species Conservation Boutique next year.



3-4 year olds: Roman Alfjorov


5-6 year olds: Emily Gornischeff


7-8 year olds: Eliise Aus


9-10 year olds: Anastassia Pikkov


11-14 year olds: Meeri Liisu Laanekivi


Noted drawings

5-6 year olds: Genrih-Makar Gluškov


7-8 aastased: Mihkel Radala


7-8 year olds: Stella Juur


9-10 year olds: Liisa Orutalu

European Mink Day 2018

This year we celebrated the European Mink Day for the third time in Tallinn Zoo and it was a great success. There were a lot of activities for everyone.

Drawing contest– Since we have about 100 minks at Tallinn Zoo and we also celebrated Estonia’s 100thAnniversary of Independence this year, we decided to name our drawing contest “Estonia’s 100 minks”. We invited schools, kindergartens (children aged 3-18) and also adults to participate. The best pictures will be added to new European mink charity notebooks and can be purchased from Species Conservation Boutique next year.


Drawing and crafts activities for smaller children


Excursions to the European Mink Breeding Center (which is a restricted area, where zoo visitors normally can’t go)


Mink radio tracking– Visitors had to find a mink mascot (who was carrying a mink radio collar) from the zoo territory. After capturing the “mink” they had to check if it had a transponder (which is an indicator that the animal is not wild born) and take all the necessary measurements (from paws, tail, ears etc.) like the conservation scientists do on the field.


Workshop “Who was eaten by the mink?” – Participants had to go through mink feces to find any remains of its food objects (feathers, small mammal bones, fish scales etc.)


Exhibition about European mink ex situ and in situconservation work


Mustelid trivia evening with the focus on e-mink


Lutreola Species Conservation Boutique charity sale (https://pood.lutreola.eu/en/)