For my research at Wageningen University (Holland), since six years I am studying the history and morphology of the former (Holocene) European wild horse (Equus ferus), of which the last wild specimens lived in the 16th century in Lithuania, Poland and East Prussia. The very last specimens lived in a zoo at Zwierzyniec (SE Poland) till ca. 1800.
In relation to this study I am interested in the 15th- and 16th century zoos (or so-called menageries) of Lithuania. There must have been several, owned by the Polish and Lithuanian noblity. In two of them I am especially interested, namely the (former) zoo at Trakai and the one in the Puszcza Rudnicka, which is near the village of Rudniki (Rudninkai). Among others I eagerly like to know who its owner was and what animals lived in them.
I have tried several times to contact people in Lithuania about this subject, but all the time I got no reaction. I do not know why they did not answer. Maybe English is not the proper language in Lithuania to use for this purpose, but perhaps nobody knows anything about the subject.
Maybe in this way I can come in contact with someone who knows about it or perhaps can help me further.