Kölner ZooCity: Köln 50735
Federal State: North Rhine-Westphalia
Size: 20 ha (50 acre)
Animals: 10770 animals of 845 species
Opened in 1860
This collection is mainly a zoo
Short descriptionThe zoo with its historical buildings is situated right down in the centre of Cologne. Keeping primates is its speciality, but it also boasts many other rare species, e.g. okapis, Indian rhinoceroses, red pandas, tree-kangaroos and Siberian tigers.
The South America House in the style of a Russian cathedral shows rare New World monkeys, for example Venezuelan red howlers, tamarins and marmosets. The cages are linked by wire runways above the visitors heads, some animals run free.
The Madagascar House presents dozens of lemurs, whose natural habitat is threatened by destruction, and other primates. Sclater’s black lemurs, black-and-white ruffed lemurs, greater bamboo lemurs and lion-tailed macaques dwell here.
The Ape Jungle House accomodates lowland gorillas, orang-utans and bonobos. Breeding has been very successful at the exhibits furnished with nets, ropes and climbing trees. All three species have spacious green landscaped outdoor enclosures.
A large aquarium-terrarium is also part of the zoo. It presents more than 400 species of insects, fishes, reptiles and amphibians, from heliconians and piranhas to Nile crocodiles and geckos.
A group of Californian sea lions lives on the historic pinniped rock. The monkey rock, more than ninety years old, is home of many Hamadryas baboons. The cheetahs have a landscaped moated enclosure of 2000 square metres.
The Tropical House called ´Der Regenwald´ gives an impression of variety and complexity of south-east Asian rainforests. Visitors can watch free-flying birds as well as gibbons, otters, tree kangaroos, palm cockatoos and great hornbills.
There are two elephant houses: the old one is supposed to become a zoo museum. The new state-of-the-art facility was built in 2004 on 10 percent of the whole zoo area. It is now home of a breeding herd of Asian elephants.
Owls are exhibited in a monastery ruin, near the entrance new enclosures for racoons and meerkats have been built. The zoo coordinates breeding programmes for Przewalski’s horse, Bali starling, douc langur, lion-tailed macaque, spectacled bear and others.
Cologne Zoo is dedicated to conservation of endangered species in Vietnam, of lion-tailed macaques, red pandas, spectacled bears, the Hortobagy puszta, and as partner of the Stiftung Artenschutz.
Attractions & Services *
|Feeding by visitors|
|Talks & shows|
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, penguins, lions, otters, crocodiles, piranhas
|Guided tours and special offers|
On prior arrangement / reservation, for (school) groups, birthday arrangements
|Eat & drink|
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)
|Facilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies|
Handicapped and wheelchair accessible
|Shop and publications|
Dogs not allowed
|Events during the year|
Summer festival, school holidays events, lectures, exhibitions
Opening hours & entrance fees *
| ||summer season every day 9 - 18 hrs., last admission 17:30 hrs.|
| ||winter season every day 9 - 17 hrs.. Aquarium until 18 hrs., last admission 16:30 hrs.|
| ||Adults: 17,50 €|
| ||Children (age 4-12): 8,50 €|
| ||Concessions/reduced admission fees for: Pupils / high school students, students; groups discount rates, annual/season passes|
How to get there
|By car: A3 to Köln-Zentrum, follow sign to Zoo or Zoobrücke|
| & ||By public transport: Underground no. 18 from Main Train Station to Zoo|
| || Arial view and map at maps.google, in new window|
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Staff & contact informationPersons in charge:
| ||Dipl.-Biol. Theo Pagel, Direktor, Vorstandsvorsitzender|
| ||Dr. Olaf Behlert, Veterinär|
| ||Dr. Lydia Kolter, Kuratorin Forschung und Raubtiere|
| ||Bernd Marcordes, Kurator Vögel|
| ||Tel. 0221-7785108, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Address: ||Riehler Straße 173, 50735 Köln, GERMANY|
|Operated by: ||AG|
| Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA|
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