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.
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.
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.
Sharks and other salt water fishes: every day 11:00 AM
Coral reef fishes: every day 11:30 AM
Coral reef fishes: every day 04:00 PM
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.
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.