Guided sessions at Zoo Berlin

Many animal lovers crave even more of the Zoo and want to take a look behind the scenes. We are therefore very happy to lift the veil of Zoo Berlin as part of the thematically varied guided sessions. We let you get even closer and provide insights into the impressive animal kingdom, their upkeep and care, we look at the history of the Zoo or take a look at the everyday madness of life in the Zoo.

From machos and wimps to the roll of gender in the animal kingdom

Propagation is the number one issue in the conservation of a species for all animals. You will encounter the most astonishing reproductive strategies, whereby both females and males, that we take a close look at particularly in appearance, play an equal role. You will get to know diverse animal species and their specific ways of life, bear witness to as many offspring as possible and to successfully recall them.

'Architecture at the Zoo' guided sessions

You can draw direct comparisons to the many eras of zoo architecture in the oldest zoo in Germany. Accompany us on a journey through time and behind the scenes of an animal house: We start at the very beginning with animal management in historical menageries, visit the exotic period structure of times gone by and then reach the modern hippo and penguin houses with the once revolutionary idea of 'free enclosures without bars'. You'll see here how we at Zoo Berlin also take into account the aspects of an energy efficient design in addition to the requirements of modern animal management appropriate to the species.

'Berliner Schnauzen' guided session (based on the German docusoap covering life in Zoo Berlin)

Our animals play the leading role in this guided session alongside anecdotes about Zoo Berlin. The popular TV programme 'Panda, Gorilla & Co.' generates a lot of interest among young and old audiences for the animals and animal keepers at Zoo Berlin. If you are also a fan of the programme or consider yourself a zoo expert as your hobby, then this tour will allow you to experience the Zoo 'live' We'll show you the animal houses, discuss the issues regarding animal management, training and animal interaction with you, and you may even try your own hand as an animal keeper.

'Species conservation' guided session

Zoo Berlin is very popular with visitors for a getaway and as a 'green oasis in the city centre'. Many simply just come to 'check out the animals'. We make a worthwhile contribution to the conservation of species so that guests can continue enjoying our facilities for many years to come. You will learn more about the reasons for the threat to biodiversity as well as the measures taken for the protection thereof on this tour. How are breeding programmes executed? How can individuals help? You will even come closer to many endangered species than you usually would.

'Asia' guided session

Time to drop by India, visit animals from the Far East and feel like you're on your travels by doing so … Guests in Zoo Berlin can feel like they're doing all of these without even getting on a plane. We'll visit well known zoo animals such as Asian elephants, Indochinese tigers and Indian rhinoceroses, but we'll also encounter unknown animal species with unusual sounding names such as the gaur, anoa, hulman or barasingha. One of the known or unknown animal species may be fed and travellers may even get the chance to take a sneaky peak behind the scenes of the Zoo!

'Africa' guided session

Everyone's seen the images from Serengeti or other large national parks, haven't they?! Giraffes, zebras, antelopes, ostriches as far as the eye can see and in between – well camouflaged – a pride of lions. You won't be able to see these animal species in the wild, but at close quarters in peace and quiet at our Zoo. Your guide answers your questions and informs you about the everyday life of the animals at the Zoo. Together, we can also risk a look behind the scenes in the Zoo or feed an African animal species, something you wouldn't even dream of doing while on a safari in Africa!

'South America' guided session

On route to South America, we follow our guide into the vastness of the Pampas, into the impenetrable Amazon or high into the Andes. There is something to see for each and everyone of us! Red-bellied titis and callitrichids spring from branch to branch or look directly into the eyes of zoo guests while using their clamp-like tails to hang from above. And those who don't want to miss out on direct contact with the animal can also get that little bit closer to the South American species.

'Animals of the Bible' guided session

You don't just have to visit the animals of the Bible at Christmas. Just like with the species conservation tour, the 'Order of Noah's Ark' plays an important role in zoological gardens. We visit certain species on this tour that only a handful of people are aware appeared in biblical stories. Would you have known that monkeys, panthers and even hippos appear in the Bible? We also visit the well-known animals of the Bible, such as goats, sheep and camels. We take a look at one of the representatives named behind the scenes and even get the chance to feed them too!


The guided session cost is EUR 120 (without taking a look behind the scenes or feeding) or EUR 150 (with taking a look behind the scenes and feeding).

Number of participants

The tours last approx. 1.5 hours and are suitable for groups of up to 20 participants.


The guided sessions are usually undertaken in German. We would also be happy to offer the majority of the guided sessions in English on request.

Information & booking

Please write an email to or call our hotline on 030-25 401 400.

Telephone times
Monday12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Thursday1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Friday11 a.m.–3 p.m.