Zoologischer GartenCity: 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 descriptionWuppertal 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 *
|Feeding by visitors|
|Talks & shows|
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, penguins, elephants, lions
|Guided tours and special offers|
Birthday arrangements, education department
|Eat & drink|
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)
|Facilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies|
Partly steep areas or steps
|Shop and publications|
Shop, guidebook, journal, annual report
Dogs not allowed
|Events during the year|
School holidays events, special events, concerts
Opening hours & entrance fees *
| ||summer time 8:30 – 18 hrs.|
| ||winter time 8:30 – 17 hrs.. An on Sundays and on Holidaysen ´bei guter Wetterlage´ until 18:30 hrs.|
| ||Adults: 14,50 €|
| ||Children (age 4 – 16): 6,00 €|
| ||Concessions/reduced admission fees; family admission rates, annual/season passes|
How to get there
|By car: A46 exit Wuppertal-Sonnborn, signposted. |
| & ||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.|
| || Arial view and map at maps.google, in new window|
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Staff & contact informationPersons in charge:
| ||Dr. Arne Lawrenz, Direktor|
| || Dr. Maya Kummrow, stellv. Dir., Veterinärin|
| ||Dipl.-Biol. André Stadler, Kurator. Dr. Severin Dressen, Kurator|
| ||Dipl.-Biol. Andreas Haeser-Kalthoff, wiss. Mitarbeiter|
|Address: ||Hubertusallee 30, 42117 Wuppertal, GERMANY|
| Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA
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