ZooCity: 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 descriptionIt 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 *
|Talks & shows|
Free-flying bird show, feeding talks
|Guided tours and special offers|
Several offers, birthday arrangements, education department
|Eat & drink|
Kiosk, restaurant, café
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)
|Facilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies|
Baby changing room
|Shop and publications|
Shop, guidebook, journal
Dogs allowed (on a leash), entrance fee for dogs
|Events during the year|
School holidays events, special events, exhibitions
Friends of the Zoo associaton
Opening hours & entrance fees *
| ||April until September 9 – 19 hrs.|
| ||October and March 9 – 18 hrs.. November until February 9 – 17 hrs.|
| ||Adults: 10,20 €|
| ||Children (age 3 – 17): 5,10 €|
| ||Concessions/reduced admission fees for: Pupils / high school students, students, handicapped persons; groups discount rates, annual/season passes|
How to get there
|By car: A5 to Kreuz Heidelberg, A656 in the direction of Heidelberg, signposted in the city. car parks|
| & ||By public transport: Bus no. 32 from the main railway station and town center 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:
| ||Dr. med. vet. Klaus Wünnemann, Direktor|
| ||Frank-Dieter Heck, kaufmänn. Geschäftsführer|
| ||Dipl.-Biol. Sandra Reichler-Danielowski, Wiss. Assistentin und Kuratorin|
| ||Barbara Rumer, PR & Marketing|
|Address: ||Tiergartenstraße 3, 69120 Heidelberg, GERMANY|
|Operated by: ||gGmbH (Stadt 98%)|
| Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA
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