ZooCity: Leipzig 04105
Federal State: Saxony
Size: 26 ha (65 acre)
Animals: 4300 animals of 865 species
Opened in 1878
This collection is mainly a zoo
Short descriptionLeipzig 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of the characteristic brick buildings is the ´bear castle´, place of many successful breedings, but nowadays completely out-of-date.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 *
Playground, playgrounds, pony riding
|Feeding by visitors|
|Talks & shows|
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, penguins, elephants
|Guided tours and special offers|
On prior arrangement / reservation
|Eat & drink|
Snacks, café, beer garden
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)
|Facilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies|
Toilets for handicapped
|Shop and publications|
Shop, guidebook, journal
Dogs not allowed
|Events during the year|
Annual festival, school holidays events, special events, concerts
Opening hours & entrance fees *
| ||May until September 9 – 19 hrs.|
| ||October and April 9 – 18 hrs. (on weekends until 19 hrs.). November until March 9 – 17 hrs..|
| ||Adults: 18,50 €|
| ||Children (age 6 – 14): 11,00 €|
| ||Concessions/reduced admission fees; family admission rates, groups discount rates, annual/season passes|
How to get there
|By 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|
| & ||By public transport: tram no. 12 to ´Zoo Leipzig´|
| || 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. Jörg Junhold, Geschäftsführer und Zoodirektor|
| ||Dipl. Biol. Gerd Nötzold, Seniorkurator|
| ||Dr. Andreas Bernhard, Seniorkurator und Leitender Zootierarzt|
| ||Dr. Sandra Langguth, Zootierärztin|
| ||Tel. 0341-5933551|
|Address: ||Pfaffendorfer Straße 29, 04105 Leipzig, GERMANY|
|Operated by: ||Zoo Leipzig GmbH|
| Member of: EAZA, EUAC, VdZ, WAZA
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