Nordens Ark (Ark of the North) is a zoo and breeding facility at the Åby säteri in Bohuslän, Sweden. Nordens Ark was opened in 1989 and is operated by the Nordens Ark Foundation (Swedish: Stiftelsen Nordens Ark). Nordens Ark is placed at the west coast of Sweden , not to far from the border to Norway. Its main purpose is to save and preserve endangered animals. This is done by [[breeding, rearing, repopulating, science, education and information which will provide understanding for this kind of efforts. Åby säteri includes 383 ha mark. 148 ha of this mark is woodland, 70 ha is arable land, 30 ha is pasture and 135 ha is deciduous forest and waste land. 60 ha has been constructed for the visitors. Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, was appointed to Nordens Ark Supreme Protector in 1989.