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City: Leipzig 04105
Federal State: Saxony

Size: 26 ha (65 acre)

Animals: 4300 animals of 865 species

Opened in 1878

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Short description

Leipzig Zoo has a long tradition and many historic buildings. It used to be famous for its lion breeding (´lion factory´, bred more than 2400 lions) and now keeps the international tiger studbook.

It boasts many rare species, for example okapis, nerpas and musk deer. A weekly television docu-soap made the zoo famous all over Germany and the keepers became TV stars.

The aquarium, built in 1910, today offers landscaped exhibits and an impressive ring tank for sharks. The terrarium has just been extended.

One of the characteristic brick buildings is the ´bear castle´, place of many successful breedings, but nowadays completely out-of-date. Till the nineties, the zoo urgently needed redevelopment and hardly met the standards of modern animal keeping.

Now more than 125 years old, Leipzig Zoo presents itself as visionary zoo of the future. It will be completely rebuilt and divided into regions: South America, Asia, Africa and, to top it all, the giant tropical hall ´Gondwanaland´.

Lion savannah ´Makasi Simba´ made the start, since then one project follows the other: sloth bear enclosure, tiger-taiga, African petting zoo.

The biggest project so far was ´Pongoland´, the worldâs largest ape enclosure, which also serves the Max-Planck-Institutâs research. All four great ape species live here in big groups.

The Kiwara savannah is populated with giraffes, antelopes and zebras, next to them live a flamingo flock and hyenas, which can all be watched from the logde restaurant. The new elephant bull house has already been rewarded with an elephant baby.

In 2006, the rebuilt elephant house ´Ganesha Mandir´ opened with an underwater view of the elephant bath and four outdoor exhibits.

The old carnivore house now accomodates a conservation exhibition. Leipzig Zoo is also a partner of the Stiftung Artenschutz.

Attractions & Services *

KinderFor children
Playground, playgrounds, pony riding

StreichelnPetting animals
Petting enclosure

FuetternFeeding by visitors
Not allowed

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

AngeboteGuided tours and special offers
On prior arrangement / reservation

EssenEat & drink
Snacks, café, beer garden
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)

ServiceFacilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies
Toilets for handicapped

InfoShop and publications
Shop, guidebook, journal

Dogs not allowed

TermineEvents during the year
Annual festival, school holidays events, special events, concerts

Opening hours & entrance fees *


Opening hours

 dotMay until September 9 – 19 hrs.
 dotOctober and April 9 – 18 hrs. (on weekends until 19 hrs.). November until March 9 – 17 hrs..


Entrance fees

 dotAdults: 18,50 €
 dotChildren (age 6 – 14): 11,00 €
 dotConcessions/reduced admission fees; family admission rates, groups discount rates, annual/season passes

How to get there

AnfahrtBy car: A14 exit Leipzig-Mitte, B2 in the direction of city center. Or via A9 / A38. Signposted. Parking garages in front of the zoo (fee). P+R advised

Anfahrt & By public transport: tram no. 12 to ´Zoo Leipzig´

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Staff & contact information

Persons in charge:
 dotDr. Jörg Junhold, Geschäftsführer und Zoodirektor
 dotDipl. Biol. Gerd Nötzold, Seniorkurator
 dotDr. Andreas Bernhard, Seniorkurator und Leitender Zootierarzt
 dotDr. Sandra Langguth, Zootierärztin
 dotTel. 0341-5933551


PostAddress: Pfaffendorfer Straße 29, 04105 Leipzig, GERMANY
Operated by: Zoo Leipzig GmbH
Member of: EAZA, EUAC, VdZ, WAZA

MaileMail: office@zoo-leipzig.de
WebWebsite: http://www.zoo-leipzig.de

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