Go for a walk through
Founder’s Garden

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Through the old zoo gate (our main entrance) you will step right into the historical part of our zoo. You will see the handwriting of Ernst Pinkert, who laid the first stone of our zoological garden back in 1878.

Today the Safari Office and the zoo school are situated in the original Wilhelminian-style buildings that are now under preservation order. The adjacent aquarium, which Pinkert’s successor Dr. Gebbing had built, is also still very popular today.

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Howlers to start your tour

After passing through the zoo entrance, you will immediately face the monkey islands that opened in spring 2015. The welcome committee is made up of the rare golden lion tamarins, emperor tamarins and black howler monkeys, whose name comes from their calls (howls) that can be heard over long distances — particularly in the mornings.

Cuddly marsupials in the koala house

The koala house is a very special attraction that will open on the 12th May 2016; as very few German zoos keep these Australian animals. The former ape house built in 1901 has gone through a complex renovation for this purpose. Inside the building there is a eucalyptus forest copied from a natural environment. Here, the solitary Koalas have two separate areas.

© Jonas Verhulst

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Plunge into fascinating underwater worlds

Our aquarium that is over 100 years old ranks among the largest inGermany. Here you can get a fantastic view of the underwater world with all of its exotic creatures. In our panorama tank filled with 35,000 litres of water you will not only see colourful fish, but also living corals. In the ring tank (of the extended building), reef sharks and other species swim in circles around the visitors. 

Keeper talks

Sharks and other salt water fishes: every day 11:00 AM

Feeding times

Coral reef fishes: every day 11:30 AM

Coral reef fishes: every day 03:30 PM

Coral reef fishes: every day 04:00 PM

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Splash time with the penguins

Right in front of the Aquarium lives a group of jackass penguins on a well-structured enclosure. As excellent swimmers and spectacular divers they love spending time in their pool. By the way they are the only penguin species which comes from Africa.

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Peace and quiet with the reptiles

Come straight out of the aquarium and onto the shore! A whole host of reptile species live in our terrarium. You can see tortoises munching slowly on a lettuce leaf, snakes wrapped around tree branches and lizards basking on rocks. For our alligators we have even mimicked a small part of theEverglades. Pick the right moment and you can see one of them emerging from the water. 

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Discover things in the Explorer’s House Ark

You will find the Explorer’s House Ark in the historical carnivore house that was also referred to in the past as "Leipzig’s lion factory", which is no coincidence given that 2,300 big cats were bred here over 100 years. Today visitors go into the Ark on a safari of the senses: in an interactive exhibition you can learn more about our role as a modern zoo. You can also see, smell, touch and listen to animals and plants from Asia, Africa and South America.


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