Hannover Zoo is home to more than 200 animals of over 170 different species, including Asian elephants, Atlas lions, and polar bears. Take a trip around the world, and experience Africa, Canada, India, or Australia with all your senses.
Through the large glass panels, you can look the lions, tigers, and apes right in the eye from up close. You can even watch gray seals, penguins, and polar bears diving through their ponds thanks to big panoramic windows. With walk-in enclosures, you can get even closer to some animals, and meet pelicans, Bennett's kangaroos, emus, alpakas, goats and sheep cheek by jowl. Learn more about the different species during the daily shows and feedings.
A special highlight awaits you at the African area. A boat ride on Sambesi river takes you past zebras, antelopes, flamingos, hippos, Somali wild asses, giraffes, rhinos and various wading birds. Afi Mountain is another special property at the zoo. In 2017, it became a reserve for the endangered drills and De Brazza's monkeys. The theme world is modeled after south east Nigeria, and takes you to a unique rain forest in the middle of Hannover.
Hannover Zoo was founded on 4th May 1865. It went through many ups and downs, and was even forced to close in 1922. However, thanks to a citizens' initiative, it was able to reopen in 1924.
In 1994, Hannover Zoo was the first German zoo to abolish traditional cages and enclosures. The theme worlds Gorilla Mountain, Jungle Palace, Meyers Hof, Sambesi, Mullewapp, Outback, and Yukon Bay were created, and the zoo got its modern shape.
How to get there
From the main railway station, take the subway to Hannover Zoo.
You can get to Hannover via motorway A7. Exit towards Hannover - Kleefeld/Zentrum/Congress-Centrum/Zoo and follow the signs pointing to the zoo. Car parks are available.