Zoo regulations

Please pay attention to these zoo regulations! We ask you to inform any children for whom you are responsible about the zoo regulations before you start your tour of the zoo. We urgently ask you to take your role of supervising children seriously in order to prevent any unnecessary accidents or damages etc. from the onset.

Zoo regulations

The zoological garden is an establishment for humans and animals. So that everybody comes to their rights and is protected against harm it is crucial that the following rules are adhered to.

1. The feeding of animals is expressly prohibited

Feeding is only permitted in those areas where you can find animal feed dispensers. The well being of the animals is important. Hence, all animals are fed appropriate quantities and foodstuffs that are in accordance with the diet for their particular species.

Unauthorised, additional feeding by zoo visitors

  • makes it impossible to maintain a diet suitable for that particular species
  • turns animals into "beggars"
  • can often lead to illness or even the death of animals
  • provokes fights between animals
  • disrupts the work routine i.e. bloated animals do not want to return to their sleeping areas at night 
  • increases the risk of injury to visitors feeding animals

2. Within the zoological garden visitors should keep to the foreseen paths and areas.

It is not permitted to walk on the lawns and flowerbeds and plants should not be damaged.  
Plants are also living organisms with high maintenance costs. Leaves, blossoms, bark or fruits of many ornamental plants are poisonous for certain animals and should not be fed to them.

3.  Do not annoy or tease the animals, do not bang on the windows!

Many animals rest during the daytime. Do not hold umbrellas or sticks etc within reach of the animals.


4.  Do not climb over the barriers and do not sit your children on enclosure fences!

Barriers and enclosure fences are supposed to act as protection against the unexpected reactions of animals.

5.  It is forbidden to throw objects into water bodies and enclosures!

Waste, paper and cigarette butts should only be thrown into the bins provided. Animals can choke on waste objects, which they might swallow. Coins are also a danger to animals with the risk of choking.

6.  Bikes, scooters, running bikes, inline skates etc. as well as music devices may not be used in the zoological garden!

Some visitors feel harassed or troubled by these. Jumpy animals might also panic.

7.  Animals may not be brought into the zoological garden!

8.  Children under 7 years are only admitted to the zoological garden when accompanied by an adult.

Parents, teachers and those in charge must take their role of supervision seriously.

9.  Filming and the taking of photos is permitted for private use only.

The film and photographic material may be used for private purposes and includes platforms that are exclusively intended for the exchange of knowledge and for private interest in the field of photography. The commercial use and sale of this material (or parts thereof) in any way is not permitted. This includes data bases and photo stock exchanges on which you can upload your photos commercially with user/license fees. Zoo Leipzig GmbH reserves the right to use material with subjects from the zoo for its own commercial or advertising purposes.

10.  Visitors are liable to the Zoo Leipzig GmbH for any damages, which result from negligence of the zoo regulations or any other negligent behaviour on their behalf or by the children for whom they are responsible.

11.  The Zoo Leipzig GmbH is not responsible for any damages to the visitor as a result of not adhering to the zoo regulations.

12.  Instructions of co-workers of the Zoo Leipzig GmbH concerning the maintenance of the zoo or the implementation of the zoo regulations are to be adhered to.

13.  Persons, who visit the zoological garden with an annual ticket and do not participate in the recognition system (with photo saved on the annual ticket), must always show a valid proof of ID at the entrance to the zoological garden.

If attempted fraud (i.e. the proof of ID and the person are not the same) should deliberately take place by the visitor on presenting the identity card, then the Zoo Leipzig GmbH is entitled to confiscate the annual ticket immediately.

14.  Offences against the zoo regulations can be punished by co-workers of the Zoo Leipzig GmbH with a ban from the zoological garden.

Last updated:  01.10.2014