Hellabrunn Zoo is not a typical zoo. It was founded in 1911 as the world’s first geo-zoo. This means that the animals live in spacious enclosures corresponding to their place of origin. The enclosures have numerous green spaces and areas of water, and are crossed by a number of streams.

This spring has also seen some new additions at Hellabrunn Zoo, including two as-yet-unnamed male lion cubs (as from 31 March 2012). Originally from Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, the one-year-old siblings already have settled in their new Munich home.
In addition, two polar fox females, Ronja and Lilja, moved into their enclosure at the end of March. The two are eleven months old and come from the “Zoo am Meer” in Bremerhaven. “Julius” the Chinese leopard has also been once again “on display” at Hellabrunn since late 2011. Julius is starting to feel at home again and is permitting Zoo visitors a glance at him.

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Hellabrunn Zoo also regularly hosts a variety of events, tours and lectures on its “animal inhabitants”.You can admire a variety of birds of prey as they train at the “Feathered Air Acrobatics” show, which takes place every day. Or visit the sea lions at the “Flipper Parade”. The daring feats on show are not just for entertaining the audience: they also form part of the animals’ everyday care. At the regularly scheduled animal feedings, you can also experience the feeding of various species.

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Did you know that…

  • the Zoo is home to over 700 different species and approximately 17,000 animals in total?
  • various endangered animal species such as the kingfisher and the northern bald ibis are housed there?
  • over 1,500,000 people visited the Zoo in 2010?
  • the polar bear enclosure, at 3,000 m2, is the largest in Europe?


Hellabrunn Zoo opens its doors from 9:00 to 18:00 (April to September), and from 9:00 to 17:00 (October to March).

For more information, please visit the Hellabrunn Zoo website.


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