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Zoologischer Garten

City: Berlin 10787
Federal State: Berlin

Size: 34 ha (85 acre)

Animals: ca. 25.000 animals of 2140 species

Opened in 1844

This collection is mainly a zoo                                                                                                         

Short description

It is nearly impossible to portray Berlin Zoo with all its animal attractions in brevity. World-famous for its collection of zoological rarities and successful breedings, e.g. black rhinoceros, it holds an internationally leading role.

First-rate attraction is ‚Bao Baoâ, the only Giant Panda of a German zoo. In spite of several artificial inseminations of female ‚Yan Yanâ, on loan from China for breeding purposes, unfortunately there has been no offspring yet.

In the carnivore house, apart from big cats, there are many rare small predators, such as ring- tailed mungos and narrow-striped mongooses from Madagascar. In the basement, visitors are invited to a view into the world of nocturnal animals.

The bird house presents a walk-through aviary and offers rich variety of forms, including several regularly breeding species of hornbills and many parrots. Numerous big aviaries show waders, herons and many other species.

The inhabitants of the glass dome hippopotamus house can be watched underwater through a 14 m glass front. In the penguin house, a group of King Penguins lives on real ice and snow. The famous pinniped rock has recently been extended generously.

The Siamese Cattle House is the biggest Thai building in Europe. The Elephant House shows Asian Elephants, the Ape House all four species of great apes. Unfortunately the baby apes are often hand-reared, which leads to misimprinting.

The populations of rare deer and pigs are part of several captive breeding projects. Berlin Zoo supports conservationists e.g. at Madagascar and as a partner of the Stiftung Artenschutz.

Berlin Zoo was the first zoo in Germany. There are a few exotic-looking buildings from the beginnings left, such as the antelope house and several wooden stables for cattle and deer. Berlin Zoo became world-famous under the Heck dynasty of directors.

During the Second World War, the zoo was razed to the ground, only 91 animals survived. Some of the animal houses have been rebuilt in old style. Many modern constructions and the extension area were built under director Klös.

The Aquarium, opened in 1913, is a zoo in itself. Some 10.000 animals live on three storeys. The world-famous jellyfish breeding, tropical and native fishes, crocodiles and insects are just a few aspects.

Attractions & Services *

KinderFor children
Playground, pony riding

StreichelnPetting animals
Children's zoo

FuetternFeeding by visitors
Not allowed

TiershowsTalks & shows
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, penguins, hippopotami, carnivores, apes, wolves, polar bears, bears, crocodiles

AngeboteGuided tours and special offers
On prior arrangement / reservation, birthday arrangements

EssenEat & drink
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)

InfoShop and publications
Shop, guidebook, journal

Dogs not allowed

TermineEvents during the year
Special events, lectures, exhibitions

Opening hours & entrance fees *


Opening hours

 dotApril until September every day 9 – 19 hrs., October until 18 hrs. ((last admission one hour earlier).
 dotNovember until March every day 9:00 until 17:00 hrs. (last admission: 16:30 hrs.)


Entrance fees

 dotAdults: 20,00 €
 dotChildren (age 5 – 15): 10,00 €
 dotConcessions/reduced admission fees; family admission rates, groups discount rates, annual/season passes

How to get there

AnfahrtBy car: City center near railway station. limited parking (parking garages)

Anfahrt & By public transport: Underground and trains to station ´Zoologischer Garten´

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Staff & contact information

Persons in charge:
 dotDr. Andreas Knieriem, Direktor
 dotDr. Ragnar Kühne, zoolog. Leiter
 dotDipl.-Biol. Heiner Klös, Kurator Säugetiere


PostAddress: Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin, GERMANY
Operated by: Zoo Berlin AG
Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA

MaileMail: info@zoo-berlin.de
WebWebsite: http://www.zoo-berlin.de

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