Zoologischer GartenCity: 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 descriptionLike 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 *
Playground, zoo school
|Feeding by visitors|
Not allowed, except in the children's zoo
|Talks & shows|
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, carnivores, apes
|Guided tours and special offers|
On prior arrangement / reservation, for (school) groups
|Eat & drink|
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)
|Facilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies|
Steep areas or steps, baby changing room
|Shop and publications|
Dogs not allowed
|Events during the year|
Opening hours & entrance fees *
| ||summer time: every day 9 – 19 hrs.|
| ||winter time: every day 9 – 17 hrs.|
| ||Adults: 10,00 €|
| ||Children (age 6 – 17): 5,00 €|
| ||Concessions/reduced admission fees for: Pupils / high school students, students, handicapped persons; family admission rates, groups discount rates, annual/season passes|
How to get there
|By car: A661 exit 13/14, signposted. very limited parking, Park&Ride strongly recommended|
| & ||By public transport: underground 6 or 7 to the Zoo|
| || Arial view and map at maps.google, in new window|
(for street map, click there on map and zoom out)
Staff & contact informationPersons in charge:
| ||Prof. Dr. Manfred Niekisch, Direktor|
| ||Dr. Stefan Stadler, Kurator Vögel und Huftiere|
| ||Johannes Köhler, Kurator Exotarium|
| ||Dr. Miguel Casares, Kurator Säugetiere, stellv. Direktor|
|Phone:||++49-(0)69-212-33735 (Info-Telefon), 212-33731 (Hauptkasse), 212-33727 (office)|
|Address: ||Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, 60316 Frankfurt/Main, GERMANY|
|Operated by: ||Stadt Frankfurt|
| Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA
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