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Roam the endless plains of Africa

Off to Africa for a couple of hours? Zoo Leipzig can make your dreams come true! In a spacious landscape setting, zebras, giraffes, ostriches and other species co-occur peacefully as if they were living together in the wild. From various viewpoints you can enjoy breath-taking views of these Savannah species.

Our big cat enclosures are situated right next to them. In fact, only a ditch separates spotted hyenas from their prey. This is also the territory of our lions and popular meerkats.

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An unusual kind of gracefulness in the okapi forest

Keep your eyes open, if you want to spot our okapis. Just like in the wild these forest giraffes live very recluse lives – but with a bit of luck you might see one peeping out from between the foliage. These endangered animals are also very rare in zoos. We are therefore particularly proud to give them a home at Zoo Leipzig. Just around the corner from the okapis you can see cranes, musk deer and Eld’s deer.

On safari in the Kiwara Savannah

Biodiversity as far as you can see! On our 25,000 m2 Kiwara Savannah various African animal species share one habitat. While Rothschild giraffes chew the leaves off branches with their long tongues, Grevy’s zebras gallop over the lush green plains past ostriches, oryx, Thomson’s gazelles and dwarf flamingos. And the visitors? They prefer to sit on the terrace of our Kiwara Lodge and enjoy the panoramic view of the Savannah landscape.

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Animals of the Kiwara Savannah

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Wild going-ons among the carnivores

Roaarrr… is what you might hear when you stop by the Lion Savannah Makasi Simba. On cold days the animals often retreat to their cave, where our visitors can watch them through panoramic screens. Close to them it is meerkat territory: while some are usually on guard, others are busy digging or basking in the sun. Continue walking to the spotted hyena rocks. If you can hear ‘laughing hyenas’, then you can be sure that our spotted hyenas are looking forward to your visit.

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Animals of the Raubtieranlagen

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Between the mighty outcrops of the Kiwara-Kopje

Since spring 2015, the black rhinos are located in an attractive new enclosure that resembles an African landscape with an outcrop of rocks, known as a “Kopje” that is situated directly next to the Kiwara Savannah. In addition to modern stables, the pachyderms can make use of a total area of ca. 6,000 m² with three outdoor enclosures that include mud pools and special areas for getting into the water. In the southern outdoor enclosure, the rhinos enjoy cohabitation with cheetahs. The northern outdoor enclosure is open to smaller inhabitants of the Kiwara Savannah, so that exciting interactions can also be observed between different animal species.

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Animals of the Kiwara Kopje

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