ZooCity: Dortmund 44225
Federal State: North Rhine-Westphalia
Size: 28 ha (70 acre)
Animals: 1245 animals of 225 species
Opened in 1953
This collection is mainly a zoo
Short descriptionDortmund Zoo shows a remarkable stock of animals on a hilly landscape with old trees situated in the Westphalian metropolis. It specializes in animals from South America.
Among them are rarities like giant anteater and tamandua or lesser anteater, which both bred successfully several dozen times.
Other exceptional breeding successes were South American sloths and Brazilian giant otters, which dwell in the modern otter-centre and are rarely kept in zoos.
Many more South American species inhabit the zoo: Humboldt penguins, jaguarundis, guanacos, vicuñas, Brazilian tapirs, maras, capybaras, pudus, collared peccaries, jaguars, armadillos, maned wolves, bush dogs and many more.
One of the highlights is the Amazon House, a three-storey glass house which leds visitors through the tropical world of South American rainforests, from rivers up to the canopy.
Here are presented aquariums, big terrariums with snakes, lizards and crocodiles, free-flying birds and New World monkeys.
The classical variety of zoo animals like big cats, apes, monkeys, hoofed animals and birds is shown as well. Other exceptional species are Amur leopard, roan antelope, African wild dog and dhole.
The farmyard enables visitors to get in close contact with goats, sheep, cattle and many smaller animals.
Ape husbandry has been improved a lot with the new jungle house for orang-utans and tapirs. A rhinoceros house to breed white rhinoceroses is to be created in 2006, a crocodile house is being planned.
An extension area is a done deal. The zoo takes part in numerous conservation and breeding programmes and is a partner of the Stiftung Artenschutz.
Attractions & Services *
Children's zoo, children's farmyard
|Feeding by visitors|
Not allowed, except in the children's zoo, exept food automat
|Talks & shows|
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, carnivores, primates
|Guided tours and special offers|
For a fee, for (school) groups, also on special themes
|Eat & drink|
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)
|Shop and publications|
Dogs not allowed
|Events during the year|
Special events, and many more events throughout the year
Opening hours & entrance fees *
| ||mid March until mid October 9:00 – 18:30 hrs.|
| ||November until mid February 9:00 – 16:30 hrs., Übergangszeiten 9:00 – 17:30 hrs.. last admission 30 Min. before closing time|
| ||Adults: 7,50 €|
| ||Children (age 4 – 17): 4,00 €|
| ||Concessions/reduced admission fees; family admission rates, groups discount rates, annual/season passes|
How to get there
|By car: A45 exit Dortmund-Süd, then B54 in the direction of city center, then signposted. Parking fee on weekends|
| & ||By public transport: U49 or bus no. 438, 440, 443, 447, 449 or 450|
| || 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. Frank Brandstätter, Direktor|
| ||Dr. Ilona Schappert, stellv. Direktorin und Kuratorin |
| ||Dr. Christine Osmann, Veterinärin|
| ||Zooschule (Biol.Zentrum der Stadt Dortmund)|
| ||Tel. 0231-50-24166|
|Address: ||Mergelteichstraße 80, 44225 Dortmund, GERMANY|
| Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA|
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