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Zoologischer Garten

City: Wuppertal 42117
Federal State: North Rhine-Westphalia

Size: 24 ha (60 acre)

Animals: 4170 animals of 470 species

Opened in 1881

This collection is mainly a zoo                                                                                                         

Short description

Wuppertal Zoo is situated in a great hilly park landscape with old and rare trees. A rich variety of birds lives at ponds and in aviaries. A house with aquaria and terraria also belongs to the zoo.

The ape house shows gorillas, orang-utans and bonobos behind glass, apart from the latter also in their new natural outside enclosures.

The zooâs biggest project so far was the elephant exhibit, which has been completed in 1995 and is still one of the most spacious in Germany. Since then, two baby elephants were born.

The old elephant house has been reconstructed to become the home of Europes only Baird´s tapirs. Other examples for rare hoof species in Wuppertal are kiang, okapi, takin and babirusa.

Another speciality are big cats: tigers, lions and leopards, who still live in rather old enclosures. Small cats like sand cat, black-footed cat and Arabian wild cat are presented as well.

Wuppertal zoo is home of the biggest breeding group of pudus outside their South American origin with more than 125 births since 1973, and keeps their studbook, too.

Adjacent to the bird house with aviaries and glass cabinets is a free-flight hall for hummingbirds. The monkey house shows a special rarity: dusky leaf monkeys.

The Nordic Seas panorama enables visitors to view pinnipeds and polar bears swimming underwater behind glass, adjacent to the new penguin enclosure. The Kodiak brear enclosure has been renewed and equipped with glass.

With numerous breeding programmes and membership of the Stiftung Artenschutz, Wuppertal zoo shows commitment in conservation. The 125th anniversary is to bring a new entrance.

The extension area will provide modern enclosures for the big cats: the tigers will have much more space, and the lions will get one hectare of savannah landscape.

Attractions & Services *

KinderFor children

StreichelnPetting animals
Children's zoo

FuetternFeeding by visitors
Not allowed

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

AngeboteGuided tours and special offers
Birthday arrangements, education department

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

ServiceFacilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies
Partly steep areas or steps

InfoShop and publications
Shop, guidebook, journal, annual report

Dogs not allowed

TermineEvents during the year
School holidays events, special events, concerts

Opening hours & entrance fees *


Opening hours

 dotsummer time 8:30 – 18 hrs.
 dotwinter time 8:30 – 17 hrs.. An on Sundays and on Holidaysen ´bei guter Wetterlage´ until 18:30 hrs.


Entrance fees

 dotAdults: 14,50 €
 dotChildren (age 4 – 16): 6,00 €
 dotConcessions/reduced admission fees; family admission rates, annual/season passes

How to get there

AnfahrtBy car: A46 exit Wuppertal-Sonnborn, signposted.

Anfahrt & By public transport: From Wuppertal main station city train no. 8 or 9 to railway station Zoologischer Garten, or with the Schwebebahn to stop Zoo-Stadion. Zoo tickets include public transport in Wuppertal.

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Staff & contact information

Persons in charge:
 dotDr. Arne Lawrenz, Direktor
 dot Dr. Maya Kummrow, stellv. Dir., Veterinärin
 dotDipl.-Biol. André Stadler, Kurator. Dr. Severin Dressen, Kurator
 dotDipl.-Biol. Andreas Haeser-Kalthoff, wiss. Mitarbeiter


PostAddress: Hubertusallee 30, 42117 Wuppertal, GERMANY
Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA

MaileMail: direktion@zoo-wuppertal.de
WebWebsite: http://www.zoo-wuppertal.de

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