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City: Heidelberg 69120
Federal State: Baden-Württemberg

Size: 9,5 ha (23.75 acre)

Animals: 2700 animals of 180 species

Opened in 1934

This collection is mainly a zoo                                                                                                         

Short description

It took Heidelberg zoo only a few years to develop into a modern zoo with a clear didactic concept and main focus on conservation of threatened species. At the entrance, Syrian brown bears and Corsac foxes welcome the visitors in their bear showcase.

A main attraction is the African savannah with zebra, blesbok and greater kudu. Marine birds inhabit a coast panorama with a lighthouse and wave generator.

Flamingo and waterfowl lakes, the pheasantry with new walk-through South American aviary, new owl aviaries and an exhibit for red pandas expect the visitors. Big aviaries offer space for northern bald ibis and many waders.

Breeding of the threatened Asian golden cat became a tradition. The tigers received a new outdoor enclosure while their old display was transformed into a ´tiger playroom´. Around a lake, a ´Yellowstone´ area was created, including a geyser.

The Great Ape house underwent major reconstruction, further expansion is planned. A hamster breeding station supports local reintroduction projects.

The jungle cats got a spacious enclosure, the pinniped basin was reconstructed and a display for prairie dogs built.

The elephant house, now inhabited by two old females, is to be rebuilt from 2009, and will serve for animals coming from bad holding conditions.

Renewable energies play an important role. The zoo has edutainment elements concerning this topic and runs a biogas plant. A facility for tortoises and threatened island species is planned.

Heidelberg is the only zoo in Germany to keep the very threatened roloway guenons. Heidelberg zoo takes part in more than twenty breeding programmes and is a partner of Stiftung Artenschutz.

In 2001, the West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) was started here, a union of several zoos and conservation organisations to protect endangered primates in Western Africa.

Attractions & Services *

KinderFor children
Playground, playgrounds

StreichelnPetting animals
Petting enclosure

TiershowsTalks & shows
Free-flying bird show, feeding talks

AttraktionenOther attractions
Nature trail

AngeboteGuided tours and special offers
Several offers, birthday arrangements, education department

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

ServiceFacilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies
Baby changing room

InfoShop and publications
Shop, guidebook, journal

Dogs allowed (on a leash), entrance fee for dogs

TermineEvents during the year
School holidays events, special events, exhibitions

HippSpecial hints
Friends of the Zoo associaton

Opening hours & entrance fees *


Opening hours

 dotApril until September 9 – 19 hrs.
 dotOctober and March 9 – 18 hrs.. November until February 9 – 17 hrs.


Entrance fees

 dotAdults: 10,20 €
 dotChildren (age 3 – 17): 5,10 €
 dotConcessions/reduced admission fees for: Pupils / high school students, students, handicapped persons; groups discount rates, annual/season passes

How to get there

AnfahrtBy car: A5 to Kreuz Heidelberg, A656 in the direction of Heidelberg, signposted in the city. car parks

Anfahrt & By public transport: Bus no. 32 from the main railway station and town center to the Zoo

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Staff & contact information

Persons in charge:
 dotDr. med. vet. Klaus Wünnemann, Direktor
 dotFrank-Dieter Heck, kaufmänn. Geschäftsführer
 dotDipl.-Biol. Sandra Reichler-Danielowski, Wiss. Assistentin und Kuratorin
 dotBarbara Rumer, PR & Marketing


PostAddress: Tiergartenstraße 3, 69120 Heidelberg, GERMANY
Operated by: gGmbH (Stadt 98%)
Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA

MaileMail: zooinfo@heidelberg.de
WebWebsite: http://www.zoo-heidelberg.de

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