ZooCity: Osnabrück 49082
Federal State: Lower Saxony
Size: 23,5 (58.75 acre)
Animals: 3060 animals of 275 species
Opened in 1936
This collection is mainly a zoo
Short descriptionOsnabrück zoo was founded as a small animal park, but soon developped into a large zoo with all classical zoo animals: chimpanzees and orang-utans, lions and Siberian tigers, elephants and rhinoceroses.
During the last 15 years, big efforts have been made to improve animal husbandry.
One core theme is the fauna of South America. A South America house with adjacent hall for free flying birds accomodates tapirs, sloths and various monkeys. Macaws, alpacas and spider monkeys are just a few other representatives.
Feeding time at the big exhibit for Californian sea lions is a highlight for every zoo visit. In recent years, new exhibits were built for Humboldt penguins, otters, tigers, apes and many others.
The unusual bear husbandry, with polar and brown bears sharing one facility, led to hybrids. For the wolves, a huge natural enclosure has been erected.
Enlargement of the elephant enclosure and a new elephant house now allows bull husbandry. Rhinoceroses, waterbuck and springbok live nearby.
Owls inhabit a big walk-through aviary. Corals and the Amazon tank are highlights of the aquarium-terrarium, where a special bassin allows visitors to touch koi carp.
One of the newest facilities is the two ha African savannah called ´Samburu´, with giraffes, antelopes, ostriches and a restaurant lodge. The giraffe house also boasts Cape hyrax and weaver birds.
A subterranean zoo opened in 2009, in 2010 the ´Africa world Takamanda´, an extension area with chimpansees, hyenas, bush pigs and various species of hoofed animals.
Osnabrück zoo takes part in more than 20 breeding programmes, among them Humboldt penguin, lion tamarin, Siberian tiger, white rhinoceros and nyala, and is a partner of Stiftung Artenschutz.
Attractions & Services *
|Feeding by visitors|
Allowed at some animals
|Talks & shows|
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, lions
Nature trail, museum
|Guided tours and special offers|
On prior arrangement / reservation, education department
|Eat & drink|
Kiosk, restaurant, beer garden
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)
|Facilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies|
Handicapped and wheelchair accessible, toilets for handicapped
|Shop and publications|
Dogs allowed (on a leash), entrance fee for dogs
|Events during the year|
Summer festival, childrens festival, special events
Opening hours & entrance fees *
| ||summer season every day 8:00 – 18:30 hrs.|
| ||winter season 9:00 – 17:00 hrs.|
| ||Adults: 19,00 €|
| ||Children (age 3 – 14): 12,00 €|
| ||Concessions/reduced admission fees for: Senior citizens, students; annual/season passes|
| ||In winter reduced fees|
How to get there
|By car: A30 exit Osnabrück-Nahe, then signposted. Free parking|
| & ||By public transport: From city center / main train station bus no. 21|
| || 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:
| ||Prof. Dr. Michael Böer, Zoologischer Leiter und Veterinär|
| ||Andreas Busemann, Kaufmännischer Geschäftsführer|
| ||Reinhard Sliwka, Zooopräsident|
|Address: ||Klaus-Strick-Weg 12, 49082 Osnabrück, GERMANY|
|Operated by: ||gGmbH|
| Member of: VdZ, EAZA, WAZA
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