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City: 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 description

Dortmund 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 *

KinderFor children

StreichelnPetting animals
Children's zoo, children's farmyard

FuetternFeeding by visitors
Not allowed, except in the children's zoo, exept food automat

TiershowsTalks & shows
Feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, carnivores, primates

AngeboteGuided tours and special offers
For a fee, for (school) groups, also on special themes

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

InfoShop and publications

Dogs not allowed

TermineEvents during the year
Special events, and many more events throughout the year

Opening hours & entrance fees *


Opening hours

 dotmid March until mid October 9:00 – 18:30 hrs.
 dotNovember until mid February 9:00 – 16:30 hrs., Übergangszeiten 9:00 – 17:30 hrs.. last admission 30 Min. before closing time


Entrance fees

 dotAdults: 8,00 €
 dotChildren (age 4 – 17): 4,50 €
 dotConcessions/reduced admission fees; family admission rates, groups discount rates, annual/season passes

How to get there

AnfahrtBy car: A45 exit Dortmund-Süd, then B54 in the direction of city center, then signposted. Parking fee on weekends

Anfahrt & By public transport: U49 or bus no. 438, 440, 443, 447, 449 or 450

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Staff & contact information

Persons in charge:
 dotDr. Frank Brandstätter, Direktor
 dotDr. Ilona Schappert, stellv. Direktorin und Kuratorin
 dotDr. Christine Osmann, Veterinärin
 dotZooschule (Biol.Zentrum der Stadt Dortmund)
 dotTel. 0231-50-24166


PostAddress: Mergelteichstraße 80, 44225 Dortmund, GERMANY
Member of: EAZA, VdZ, WAZA

MaileMail: zoo@dortmund.de
WebWebsite: http://www.zoo.dortmund.de

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