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City: Karlsruhe 76137
Federal State: Baden-Württemberg

Size: 9 ha (22.5 acre)

Animals: 985 animals of 135 species

Opened in 1865

This collection is mainly a zoo                                                                                                         

Short description

Karlsruhe Zoo is located centrally within the public gardens near the main station. It presents a rich variety of remarkable exhibits and species.

Its bredding of polar bears used to be world famous, a new big enclosure with underwater glass plates, artificial rocks and icebergs is supposed to continue that success.

Europe´s largest herd of Persian goitered gazelles, living on artificial Lauterberg which is Karlsruhe´s highest point, already produced more than 600 offspring. Another animal rarity are the Magellanic penguins.

A series of African savannah paddocks shows zebras, blesbok, Ankole cattle and the group of giraffes in a joint landscape. Offspring of scimitar oryx went into a reintroduction project in Morocco.

The old monkey house was transformed into a chimpanzee facility, where the outdoor area offers grass ground and climbing devices. Allen´s swamp monkeys, rarely presented in zoos, are another speciality of Karlsruhe.

The old carnivore house (reconstruction planned) accomodates Chinese leopards and lions. The petting zoo boasts a rare sheep race from Romania.

The hippopotamus house was a new kind of zoo architecture in the nineteen-eighties. The Asian elephants still inhabit the old elephant house, though the outside enclosure was enlarged.

Plans for a new elephant house, a facility for snow leopards or a tropical hall are still in an early stage of planning. Firstly, the ´habitat water´ exhibits are completed.

Karlsruhe´s zoo was started by a poultry breeding society in 1865. It was razed to the ground during world war two and generally reconstructed until 1967.

As a member of the Stiftung Artenschutz, Karlsruhe zoo shows its commitment to conservation.

Attractions & Services *

KinderFor children

StreichelnPetting animals
Children's zoo

FuetternFeeding by visitors
Not allowed

TiershowsTalks & shows
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, penguins, elephants, lions, polar bears

AttraktionenOther attractions
Miniature golf, lookout tower, boat rental, gardens

AngeboteGuided tours and special offers
On prior arrangement / reservation

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

ServiceFacilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies
Toilets for handicapped

InfoShop and publications

Dogs not allowed

TermineEvents during the year
Annual festival, special events, and many more events throughout the year

Opening hours & entrance fees *


Opening hours

 dotMay until September 8 – 18 hrs.
 dotwinter season. 9 – until dusk (maximal 17:30 hrs.)


Entrance fees

 dotAdults: 10,00 €
 dotChildren (age 6 – 15): 5,00 €
 dotConcessions/reduced admission fees for: Senior citizens, pupils / high school students, students, handicapped persons; groups discount rates, annual/season passes

How to get there

AnfahrtBy car: A5 / A8 to Karlsruhe, exit KA-Mitte. Directly at the main railway station

Anfahrt & By public transport: At the main railway station

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Staff & contact information

Persons in charge:
 dotDr. Matthias Reinschmidt, Direktor
 dotDr. Clemens Becker, stellv. Direktor
 dotClaudia Vollhardt, Betriebsinspektorin
 dotDr. Ulrike Stefan, Zoopädagogik

TelPhone:++49-(0)721-133-68-01 (Auskunft, entrance: -15)

PostAddress: Ettlinger Str. 6, 76137 Karlsruhe, GERMANY
Operated by: Stadt Karlsruhe
Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA

MaileMail: office@zoo.karlsruhe.de
WebWebsite: http://www.karlsruhe.de

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