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.
As part of this historical complex you will find the Explorers’ House Ark, the Koala house and the Terrarium.
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.
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.
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.