Tropikariet is an exotic indoor zoo in Helsingborg, Sweden
Tropikariet was founded in 1994 by Magnus Lindqvist, owner and CEO.
It all began with…
a rooster and two hens at my parent’s house in Eskilsminne, Helsingborg.
I had no idea that my interest in animals, many years later, would result in Tropikariet. My plan was to become an animal researcher! However, I was never able to sit still and study in school, instead I'm a “man of action” and as a result there was not much research, not a lot of studying either for that matter. My primary school teacher once told my parents at a parent-teacher meeting:
“Magnus sits there staring out the window and you can tell that he's deep inside the Amazon jungle.”
Another one sighed and said:
“Right now Magnus only has insects in his head...”
“My interest in animals followed me into High school. When others went to school dances, I biked to the local forest to listen to Tawny owls.”
My mother Gunnel was worried of course but father Bengt just shook his head and said: “You don't think anyone's so stupid that they hide out in the forest, up to no good, on a Friday night?” Roosters and hens where quickly replaced by everything from venomous snakes in the sauna to birds of prey in the garden and a constant influx of new ideas and plans. Despite all the crazy ideas, my parents have always been, and still are, incredibly supportive. For that I'm eternally grateful.
I went to high school for three weeks before I realised it wasn't for me, I was unable to sit still. I dropped out of school and started working as a janitor. I liked it but after a few months of working I needed new challenges and on the 13th of June 1994 I got the challenge of my dreams. I started my own private zoo – Tropikariet.
The fact that I today have a profession that lets me work hands on with animals is probably a result of me still only having “insects in my head”:
A warm welcome to Tropikariet, Magnus Lindqvist, CEO