The Rheine Nature Zoo is located in the north of the city of Rheine in the Münsterland. Together with the Gottesine saltworks, the Bentlage monastery and the surrounding Bentlager forest, it forms a local recreation area.
The zoo was founded in 1937 as a domestic animal garden with fallow and wild boar as well as other Central European animal species. Although the focus was initially on the local fauna, the zoo also housed Rhesus and Javanese monkeys from the start. It was not until 1965 that the zoo changed its concept and focused primarily on non-European animal species.
Especially since 1973, under its scientific director Wolfgang Salzert, the zoo has achieved national renown thanks to many new enclosures and its commitment to protecting species and nature.
In 1974, the first accessible monkey forest in Germany was opened in the Rheine Nature Zoo, the first inhabitants of which also today's colony of barbary apes.
In 2004, with the help of donations and support from the city of Rheine and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a new seal and penguin facility was opened that replaced the old, unsuitable pools.
With around 290,000 visitors a year, the zoo is one of the most visited leisure activities in the Steinfurt district.
March 12, 2017
There is a forest adventure trail, a butterfly meadow, numerous walk-in bird aviaries and the walk-in monkey forest. Rheine also has other superlatives to offer: the largest colony of white storks in North Rhine-Westphalia, the world's largest breeding colony for blood breast baboons (Dscheladas) and the largest colony of weaver birds outside of Africa.
December 5, 2020
Beautiful and well maintained zoo, which is particularly suitable for children due to its many hands-on stations and the forest nature trail. The size is manageable and therefore easy to handle even with smaller children. A large playground and a bistro as well as the Zooshop entrance complete the offer.
October 6, 2019
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