ZooCity: Duisburg 47058
Federal State: North Rhine-Westphalia
Size: 16 ha (40 acre)
Animals: 8420 animals of 409 species
Opened in 1934
This collection is mainly a zoo
Short descriptionPost-war Duisburg Zoo developped quickly from a small animal park to one of Germany´s great zoos. Several modern facilities were opened recently, like the giraffe house and a walk-through enclosure for ring-tailed lemurs.
Europe´s first dolphinarium opend here in 1968, keeping whales and dolphins made the zoo world-famous.. Todays dolphinarium is designed as a lagoon and offers a lot of room to move to the animals swimming in 2.5 million litres of water.
The dolphins have bred successfully several times. The rare Orinoco river dolphin lives in the ´Rio Negro´ tropical hall, which also exhibits tamandua, fish from the Amazon and free-ranging marmosets and birds.
Other specialities are less conspicuous: Clouded leopard, binturong and fossa. These Malagasy civets live in large natural enclosures. The zoo has been breeding fossas for a long time, coordinates the EEP and supports conservation projects in Madagascar.
Duisburg is the only German zoo which boasts koalas. The first pair arrived in 1995 from San Diego, since then more than a dozen young koalas have been distributed to other European zoos. Nearby live wombats and tree-kangaroos.
The elephant house has been modernized and rebuilt, the outdoor enclosures have been enlarged and reshaped. The young elephant bull got his own house, so in a few years breeding will be possible.
The Equatorium shows guenons, guerezas, lion-tailed macaques and many more. After general reconstruction, spacious exhibits for apes were completed, a walk-through lorikeet aviary and a new facility for king colobus was added.
Zebras, Watusi cattle, red river hogs, white rhinoceroses and blesbok occupy the Africanum. Pinnipeds and penguins swim in artificial seawater. The Aquarium accomodates freshwater and marine animals from all over the world.
Many birds can be watched in walk-through aviaries. Recently, a large mercat exhibit and new indoor and outdoor facilities for giant otters were built.
The zoo´s unique location, divided by highway and tracks, is linked by a landscape bridge. It takes part in international breeding programmes and is partner of the Stiftung Artenschutz.
Attractions & Services *
|Feeding by visitors|
Allowed at some animals
|Talks & shows|
Dolphin shows, animal show, feeding talks: seals/pinnipeds, penguins
|Guided tours and special offers|
|Eat & drink|
Snacks, kiosk, restaurant
(this information may also refer to facilities nearby)
|Facilities and restrictions for handicapped and babies|
Toilets for handicapped
|Shop and publications|
Dogs not allowed
|Events during the year|
School holidays events, special events, and many more events throughout the year
Opening hours & entrance fees *
| ||March until October 9:00 – 17:30 hrs.|
| ||November until February 9:00 – 16:00 hrs.|
| ||Adults: 16,50 €|
| ||Children (age 3 – 17): 8,00 €|
| ||Concessions/reduced admission fees for: Senior citizens, handicapped persons; family admission rates, groups discount rates, annual/season passes|
How to get there
|By car: A3 and A40 to Duisburg-Kaiserberg, exit Kaiserberg. signposted. Parting fee at times|
| & ||By public transport: From main station tram no. 901|
| || 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:
| ||Dipl.-Biol. Achim Winkler, Zool. Direktor|
| ||Dr. Kerstin Ternes, Zootierärztin|
| ||Dipl.-Biol. Volker Grün, Wiss. Assistent|
| ||Johannes Pfleiderer, Kurator|
|Address: ||Mülheimer Straße 273, 47058 Duisburg, GERMANY|
|Operated by: ||Stadt Duisburg|
| Member of: EAAM, EAZA, VdZ, WAZA
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