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City: Frankfurt/Main 60316
Federal State: Hesse

Size: 11 ha (27.5 acre)

Animals: ca. 4500 animals of 500 species

Opened in 1858

This collection is mainly a zoo                                                                                                         

Short description

Like an oasis of nature right in the city, Frankfurt Zoo shows a rich variety of rare species and unique buildings. The zoo concentrates on choice species, since space ist strongly limited and big herds and wide landscaped enclosures cannot be presented.

Frankfurt Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world and became famous for breeding rare species like okapis, maned wolfs, black rhinoceroses and Amur leopards, but typical animals like bears, pinnipeds, antelopes and birds of prey are presented as well.

Frankfurts ape husbandry enjoys worldwide fame. They succeeded first in breeding all four species – gorilla, chimpanzee, orang-utan and bonobo – and in the meantime, more than a hundred ape children have been born here.

The Bird Halls boast miniature habitats: in glassed diving exhibits pygmy cormorants can be watched hunting fish. The shoebill lives in a swampy landscape, and the free-flight aviary is a special attraction.

The Grzimek House offers night monkeys, aardvarks and a bat cave at an artificial night. Visitors can watch kiwis and diving water rats. The Exotarium shows climate landscapes and thousands of freshwater and saltwater fish.

At the freshwater crocodiles´s home, there is a daily tropical thunderstorm. Young rock lizards and yellow-headed day geckos testify to the zoo´s long experience in breeding reptiles. The Insectarium boasts leafcutter ants and other tropical insects.

In 1944, the zoo was razed to the ground, only 20 animals survived the bombing. The reconstruction is inseparately linked to Dr. Bernhard Grzimek. Famous for his TV programs and protection of the Serengeti, he led the zoo to an international top position.

Today, Frankfurt Zoo struggles with lack of space and funding. Elephants will only be kept again at the ´Ökozoo´, a supplementary zoo outside the city which has been planned for decades.

Newly built are the pinniped exhibit, the display for maned wolves and the Big Cat Jungle. Start of construction of ´Bonoboland´, the new ape house, was in 2006. A Bear Bush for spectacled and sloth bears would be the next project.

The Grzimek Camp offers information about conservation work in east Africa. Rhinoceroses have been reintroduced to South Africa. At the headquarters of the Frankfurt Zoological Society, protection of nature is a tradition.

Attractions & Services *

KinderFor children
Playground, zoo school

StreichelnPetting animals
Children's zoo

FuetternFeeding by visitors
Not allowed, except in the children's zoo

TiershowsTalks & shows
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, carnivores, apes

AngeboteGuided tours and special offers
On prior arrangement / reservation, for (school) groups

EssenEat & drink
Snacks, restaurant
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)

ServiceFacilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies
Steep areas or steps, baby changing room

InfoShop and publications

Dogs not allowed

TermineEvents during the year
Lectures, exhibitions

Opening hours & entrance fees *


Opening hours

 dotsummer time: every day 9 – 19 hrs.
 dotwinter time: every day 9 – 17 hrs.


Entrance fees

 dotAdults: 10,00 €
 dotChildren (age 6 – 17): 5,00 €
 dotConcessions/reduced admission fees for: Pupils / high school students, students, handicapped persons; family admission rates, groups discount rates, annual/season passes

How to get there

AnfahrtBy car: A661 exit 13/14, signposted. very limited parking, Park&Ride strongly recommended

Anfahrt & By public transport: underground 6 or 7 to the Zoo

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Staff & contact information

Persons in charge:
 dotProf. Dr. Manfred Niekisch, Direktor
 dotDr. Stefan Stadler, Kurator Vögel und Huftiere
 dotJohannes Köhler, Kurator Exotarium
 dotDr. Miguel Casares, Kurator Säugetiere, stellv. Direktor

TelPhone:++49-(0)69-212-33735 (Info-Telefon), 212-33731 (Hauptkasse), 212-33727 (office)

PostAddress: Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, 60316 Frankfurt/Main, GERMANY
Operated by: Stadt Frankfurt
Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA

MaileMail: info.zoo@stadt-frankfurt.de
WebWebsite: http://www.zoo-frankfurt.de

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