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[:RU]Top 20 zoos in Germany.[:]

[:RU]In Germany, there are about 400 zoos. The annual number of visitors is nearly 50 million people. Introducing the most popular from Berlin — to Heidelberg.

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Berlin

Berlin Zoological Garden (Zoologischer Garten) in the capital’s Tiergarten — the oldest zoo in Germany. It was opened in 1844. It is one of the biggest zoos in Germany and ranks first in the number of species represented. The number of visitors — about three million annually.

Stuttgart

Zoological-Botanical Garden «William» (Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten) is located in Stuttgart’s Bad Cannstatt. 2.4 million visitors a year. Located in the former palace and park complex, the main building which was completed in 1846 for the wedding of Crown Prince Charles of Württemberg and his daughter Olga Nikolaevna Russian tsar.

Leipzig

Leipzig Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Leipzig) annually visited by 1.75 million people. It was founded in 1878 by the owner of one of the city’s restaurants as a private menagerie. Now twenty Leipzig realized project «Zoo of the Future», providing for the creation of new thematic landscape here. This tropical hall ‘Gondwanaland «(Gondwanaland) opened in 2011.

Cologne

Cologne Zoo (Kölner Zoo) works not only during the day, but sometimes it opens its doors at night, providing guests with a unique opportunity to see the animals in the dark. In 2010, the zoo celebrated its 150th anniversary. A source of pride — a spacious «Park Elephant» (Elefantenpark) area of ​​two hectares. About 1.7 million visitors annually.

Hamburg

Hamburg Zoo (Tierpark Hagenbeck) bears the name of its founder — the scientist, the circus owner and trainer Carl Hagenbeck. It was opened in 1907 and became the first zoo in the world, which attempted to contain the animals in cages, and the maximum for them to recreate the natural habitat. Around 1.65 million visitors annually.

Hanover

Such staged a photo shoot in the summer of 2014 in Hannover Zoo (Erlebnis-Zoo Hannover). Founded in 1865, it is one of the oldest in Germany. After the implementation of the new concept ZOO 2000 worth nearly EUR 55 million the number of visitors has tripled to 1.6 million per year, although a ticket for adults is — the most expensive in Germany (EUR 25).

Munich

«Hellabrunn» in Munich (Tierpark Hellabrunn) — the largest of the zoo in Europe. Located in the south of the Bavarian capital on the banks of the Isar River. He became the first zoo in the world, organized on a geographical basis (Geozoo) — five continents and polar regions, as well as thematic sections, among them — the Grotto of bats and monkey. About 1.5 million visitors annually.

Nuremberg

Zoological Garden Nuremberg (Tiergarten Nürnberg) — a large landscaped zoo on the outskirts of the city in the former imperial forest of St. Lawrence (Lorenzer Reichswald). This place is a zoo since 1939. He was transferred here from the territory, which is needed for carrying out the Nazi Party in Nuremberg their party congresses. The annual number of visitors — a little more than a million people.

Berlin

The top ten on the number of visitors to the zoo was one of the German capital — near Friedrichsfeld (Tierpark Berlin). It happens every year about one million people. It was founded by the decision of the GDR authorities in 1955 in East Berlin, as the old zoo was in the western part of the city. It is known for its breeding program for African elephants. He was awarded the Order of Karl Marx.

Duisburg

The annual number of visitors to it and the next four zoos and amounts to about a million people. Duisburg Zoo (Zoo Duisburg) is the most popular one of the most densely populated regions in Germany — the Ruhr. It was established in 1934. Especially it is known for its dolphinarium dolphins but today we have already seen, so Duisburg in our collection will be of polar wolves.

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt Zoological Garden (Zoo Frankfurt) was created in the middle of the last century on the donations of citizens. After the Berlin Zoological Garden — the oldest in Germany. Traditionally, it plays an important role in international projects to preserve endangered species. Special successes are achieved within the framework of captive breeding apes — gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos.

Gelsenkirchen

Another popular zoo Ruhr area in Gelsenkirchen — ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen. In the past decade he has been subjected to a phased reconstruction, after which it received a new name. The concept allows the zoo to see animals as close as possible and get the most impressions. Investments justify themselves. The number of visitors increased more than threefold.

Karlsruhe

Zoological Park in the city of Karlsruhe (Zoologischer Stadtgarten Karlsruhe), established in 1865, is one of the oldest and largest in Germany. In 2015 it celebrates its 150th anniversary. The zoo is part of the territory is under protection of the state of the city park, where you can also visit a large rose garden and a Japanese garden, founded in 1918.

Munster

All-weather zoo in Münster (Allwetterzoo Münster) was opened in 1974. He continues the tradition of the zoo, founded in the second half of the XIX century, the territory of which has been given for construction. Instead, the new zoo was a vast land. The architects developed a concept that allows visitors to move between the enclosures and pavilions by a covered walkway and paths.

Osnabruck

Osnabrück Zoo (Zoo Osnabrück) was founded in 1936. Initially, one could only see the animals found in the wild in Germany. The first was a badger, fox and bear. Animals other countries and continents appeared after the war. The number of visitors — about 850 thousand people, although a few years ago, he once broke the million mark already.

Dresden

Dresden Zoo (Zoo Dresden) — one of the five oldest in Germany. Located in the park, laid back in the Baroque era. Almost all of the animals died during the bombing in 1945, but in May of next year already again Zoo received its first visitors. Now it happens every year about 740 thousand people.

Kronberg

This zoo is located in the foothills of the Taunus in the small town of Kronberg — about 20 kilometers from Frankfurt. It was founded in 1956 on the initiative of the representative of the renowned German business dynasty Georg von Opel, and bears his name — Opel-Zoo. It is financed by ticket sales and donations. Every year it is visited by about 650 thousand people.

Wuppertal

Wuppertal Zoo (Zoo Wuppertal) — the third after Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen Zoo Ruhr area of ​​the twenty most visited in Germany. About 630 thousands of children and adults each year. It was opened in 1881 by the means of specially created company. In 2008, it became one of the best zoos in the country’s large rated magazine Stern, finishing third after the Berlin zoo.

Augsburg

Completing twenty two zoos, the annual number of visitors which is about 600 thousand people. Zoo Augsburg (Zoo Augsburg) received its first visitors in 1937. First, there were planning to contain only animals that are typical of the nature of Germany. Exotic species appeared after the war. It participates in nearly twenty European programs for the conservation of rare animals.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg Zoo (Zoo Heidelberg) is one of the zoos, created in the thirties of the last century on a voluntary basis and through donations. It was almost completely destroyed during World War II. Updating the zoo began in the 1970s. In Heidelberg now holds many rare animals, such as Foss — the largest carnivorous mammals of Madagascar.

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