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Zoo Dresden

Zoo Dresden
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last update on Jul 24, 2023
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In the heart of the city of Dresden lies the Dresden Zoo. With its impressive variety of animal species, lovingly designed enclosures, and a wide range of educational activities, the zoo offers an exciting experience for animal lovers and families.


The zoo covers an area of around 13 hectares and is home to over 1,000 animals from more than 200 different species. From majestic elephants and giraffes to lions, tigers, monkeys, and exotic birds, there is never a dull moment here. The enclosures and facilities are modernly designed, providing the animals with naturalistic habitats.

One highlight of the zoo is the Kangaroo Area, which opened in October 2022. During a three-month construction phase, the old antelope house was transformed into a sunny oasis for Red Kangaroos. Another popular attraction is the walk-in aviary, allowing you to experience the animals up close and observe their behavior patterns.

In addition to the animal enclosures, the zoo also offers various activities. One particularly popular event is the daily animal feeding, where you can watch the keepers at work. The zoo also has many offerings for children, including numerous adventure playgrounds and exciting performances by the "Zookasper" clown. Additionally, you will find dining facilities in the zoo where you can grab a bite to eat.

Conservation and Education

The Dresden Zoo is dedicated to the preservation of endangered species and actively engages in conservation efforts. Through breeding programs and the exchange of animals with other zoos worldwide, the zoo contributes to biodiversity conservation. Regular guided tours and lectures on various topics related to the animal world are also offered to promote awareness of conservation.

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Historical Information

The history of the Dresden Zoo dates back to 1861 when it was initially established as a botanical garden and housed a few exotic animals. Over the years, the collection of animals steadily grew, and the zoo developed into one of the most significant zoos in Germany. During World War II, the zoo and all its animal houses were destroyed. However, it was gradually rebuilt and expanded in the following decades.

How to get there

Getting There: By public transportation: From Dresden Hauptbahnhof (main train station), you can take the tram and get off at the "Zoo" stop. The zoo is just a short walk from the stop. Alternatively, you can also take the bus and get off at the "Zoo" stop.

By car: There is a paid parking lot directly opposite the main entrance of the zoo where you can park your car.

On foot: If you are already in Dresden city center, you can walk to the zoo. It's a pleasant stroll through the Großer Garten and can take around 20-30 minutes, depending on your starting point.


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Phone0351 - 4780 60
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