Germany's first and most species-rich zoological garden has fascinated young and old since 1844. On the 35-hectare site live 18,600 animals from around 1,400 species. Polar bears, elephants, lions and giraffes, native animals and endangered domestic breeds may be admired here.
In addition to day passes, there are also group tickets, and those who can not get enough of the Berlin Zoo can pay the animals a daily visit with an annual pass.
The Berlin Zoo is open every day from 9am throughout the year. More information about the opening times can be found here: zoo-berlin.de/de/besuch-planen/oeffnungszeiten
May 3, 2016
Through the elephant gate in the Budapester Strasse you enter the zoo. It is the oldest zoo in Germany and the most species rich in the world. There are 20,000 animals from 1300 different species living in this zoo. If you have the time you should plan a day and see the zoo.
October 28, 2019
The two panda bears, Meng Meng (little dream) and Jiao Qing (sweetheart), are among the newest attractions of the Berlin Zoo.As part of a state ceremony, they were presented to Berlin Zoo on 5 July 2017 in the presence of Chancellor Angelika Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping.The two pandas are on loan from the Chinese government. Since 1982, the rare animals are no longer given away. The rental fee for both bears, which amounts to just under one million euros a year, benefits mainly nature and animal welfare. The zoo will pay for the money with the help of sponsors and donors.There are not many pandas in the world anymore. Estimates are based on approximately 2,000 wild specimens, with only 500 of them found in zoos and parks worldwide. The two Berlin pandas are the only ones in Germany.Pandas are considered a symbol of species protection and are also the heraldic animal of the conservation organization WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). Berlin has already adorned itself with the prestigious bears in the 1980s. The first pandas in Berlin were gifts from China and were called Bao Bao and Tjen Tjen, another female named Yan Yan came to Berlin in 1984. All attempts to produce pandas here have so far been unsuccessful. All three bears have died in the meantime; Ban Ban can still be seen as a preparation in the Berlin Natural History Museum.
August 30, 2017
The African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) is the largest wild dog of the African savannah. As a pack animal, it mainly hunts larger prey such as gazelles. Only the dominant pair within a pack propagates, the offspring are raised together in the pack. The distribution area of the African wild dog extends over the entire African savannah landscape, however, it is highly fragmented, and the species is nowhere common. The IUCN classifies the African wild dog as highly endangered.
November 8, 2018
The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), also called hippopotamus, large hippo or hippopotamus, is a large, herbivorous mammal. It lives near the water in central and southern Africa. Together with the white rhino, it is one of the heaviest land-dwelling mammals after the elephants. With a total population of around 125,000 to 150,000 animals and an expected further decline in the population, the species is endangered.
November 8, 2018
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