Lower Oder Valley National Park

Zoo Berlin also protects the local natural heritage

The Lower Oder Valley National Park has also been benefiting from donations for several years now. This transnational, unifying National Park is situated between Germany and Poland and comprises a total of 117,000 ha. It consists of one core zone in both countries, which is surrounded by a pronounced protective zone.

Forty-five different species of mammal live in the Lower Oder Valley National Park

The known habitats are diverse and range from wetlands through to riparian forests, deciduous forests to flowery dry meadows and are home to huge biodiversity. The Lower Oder Valley is one of the last natural floodplain landscapes of Central Europe. Bisons and aurochs originally lived here but they were eventually displaced by humans. The aurochs died out in the course of this. Bisons have been resettled here in the past and share their habitat with water buffaloes, horses and the 'recreated' aurochs, the heck cattle.

Zoo Berlin helps to preserve the breathtaking variety of birds.

The rewetting of moorlands has lead to the breathtaking diversity of birds in the Lower Oder Valley being sustained. Over 20,000 migrating birds, such as ducks, geese, swans and sandpipers stop off at the park each year. More than 120 species of bird, such as black storks, eagles or even the highly endangered aquatic warblers and corn crakes, also breed here on a regular basis.

Areas were purchased in the past, on which the rare birds could breed so that breeding populations could be sustained. Other species groups also benefit from the protective measures in the Lower Oder Valley International Park. Sixteen different amphibian and reptile species were recorded, forty-seven species of fish as well as a large diversity of butterflies, locusts, dragonflies, true bugs, spiders and molluscs.

Zoo Berlin has been supporting this project financially for several years now – Zoo visitors can read up about the background of this project using one of the display boards mounted in the pheasantry.