AllwetterzooCity: Münster 48161
Federal State: North Rhine-Westphalia
Size: 30 ha (75 acre)
Animals: 3490 animals of 345 species
Opened in 1875
This collection is mainly a zoo
Short descriptionThe zoo at the Aasee was ´made in one casting´ in 1974, but in the meantime changed a lot. The naming all-weather paths enable visitors to see most of the animals without getting wet on rainy days.
The bear displays have been reshaped naturally. The zoo has two carnivore houses with e.g. Siberian tigers and Persian leopards, for which it is the studbook keeper. The cheetahs live in a spacious outdoor enclosure and breed regularly.
The aquarium boasts not only fish, but also reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The tropical house is home of many free-flying birds. The spacious elephant house enables the keeping of a bull.
Visitors can observe the Africa panorama with ostriches, plains zebras, blue wildebeest, common elands, Defassa waterbucks and springboks.
At the Robbenhaven, Californian sea lions demonstrate their skill. Macaws, lorikeets and waders live in walk-through aviaries, the penguins perform a daily walk.
Next to the Westphalian horse museum, the innovative ´Children-and-Horses-Park´ offers domestic animals and play areas.
Ring-tailed lemurs and mantled guerezas live in walk-through enclosures. The orang-utans live in the jungle-like ´ZoORANGerie´, a tropical house with an outdoor area, together with otters and lion-tailed macaques.
The ´Affricaneum´ is inhabited by gorillas, chimpanzees, macaques and red river hogs. Next to the enlarged enclosures for rhinos is the new meerkat exhibit.
Situated at the entrance is a breeding station for critically endangered Asian turtles, unique in the wolrd, with an adjacent biodiversity information center, the BioCity.
Conservation was always very important to the zoo. The by then first conservation center of a German zoo built up conservation projects in Vietnam and Cambodia and is headquarters of the Stiftung Artenschutz.
Attractions & Services *
|Feeding by visitors|
|Talks & shows|
Dolphin shows, feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, penguins, lions, wolves, bears
|Guided tours and special offers|
On prior arrangement / reservation, for a fee, for (school) groups, also on special themes
|Eat & drink|
Kiosk, restaurant, picnic site
(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 allowed (on a leash)
|Events during the year|
School holidays events, special events
Opening hours & entrance fees *
| ||April until September 9 – 18 hrs.|
| ||October and March 9 – 17 hrs., November until February 9 – 16 hrs.|
| ||Adults: 18,90 €|
| ||Children (age 3 – 17): 8,90 €|
| ||Groups discount rates, annual/season passes|
How to get there
|By car: A1 / A43 Kreuz Münster in the direction of city center, turn left at end of motorway. Signposted from all major streets (old chimp logo). Parking fee|
| & ||By public transport: bus no. 14 from the main station 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. Thomas Wilms|
| ||Dr. Dirk Wewers, Kurator|
| ||Carsten Ludwig, Veterinär|
|Address: ||Sentruper Straße 315, 48161 Münster, GERMANY|
|Operated by: ||AG im Besitz von Zoo-Verein und Stadt.|
| Member of: EAZA, VdZ, DTG, WAZA
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