Bank of Latvia
Ivars Mailītis (graphical design and plaster model)
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: the central entrance gates with the inscription ZOODĀRZS (ZOO) and groups of exotic animals on both sides. The semi-circled inscription RĪGAS ZOOLOĢISKAIS DĀRZS (RIGA ZOO) and the year 1912 are at the top. The inscription 1 LATS is semi-circled at the bottom.
Reverse: seven animal figures arranged in a circle.
A brief annotation
The collection of the Riga Zoo (founded on 14 October 1912) currently comprises 3200 animals of 420 species, and about one third of the species are capable of producing offspring, which highlights the professional skills and love of animals of the people taking care of them. Over 90 species are included in the world's list of endangered species. The Zoo is a participant in 32 reproduction programmes of the endangered species of Europe, and the reintroduction project of the European tree frog has been recognised as one of the 30 best amphibian reintroduction projects in the world.