The earth is home to countless fantastic animal species and we have committed ourselves to wildlife conservation. We want to inspire our guests, raise awareness for species conservation and make a sustainable contribution to global species protection.
Home to more species than any other zoo in the world
Zoo and Aquarium Berlin are home to more than 20,000 animal inhabitants of around 1,200 species. Since summer 2017, these have included our giant pandas – the only ones in Germany. Zoo Berlin houses threatened domestic animals as well as more exotic creatures like okapis, Siberian tigers and axolotls.
Tradition meets modernity
With historic buildings such as the Antelope House and the chicken house standing alongside the more contemporary architecture of the Panda Garden and the World of Birds, Germany’s oldest zoo offers an appealing blend of past and present. It also features modern exhibitions where visitors can learn exciting facts about the animal kingdom.
Experiencing diversity with all the senses
Modern zoos are so much more than just leisure facilities; they also play an important role in species conservation, research and education. Zoos are where many children have their first contact with the diverse animal kingdom – whether it’s with tapirs, penguins or domestic goats. After all, photos and videos are no substitute for experiencing a gigantic elephant in real life.
Zoos play a major role in efforts to protect animal species from extinction. Zoo Berlin not only contributes financially to species conservation projects around the world, it is also actively involved in international species protection programmes. Zoos have helped reintroduce species that were previously endangered or even extinct in their natural habitats.
Hand in hand with experts
The animal kingdom still contains many mysteries, and Zoo Berlin works closely with scientists to shed light on those mysteries. Together, we hope to gain important insight into behavioural biology, for instance. Scientific research makes an important contribution to species conservation, as research findings from zoos can be used to benefit the zoo animals’ relatives in the wild. Berlin’s zoos are engaged in fruitful collaboration with the city’s universities and with the renowned Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.
Learning about nature
Education is an important tool for making the public aware of the need for species conservation measures. In our rapid-paced, digitalised modern society, there is a high risk of people losing their connection to the natural world. Visitors to Zoo Berlin can discover the many and various types of habitat around the globe and learn about the animals that live there. Commentated feeding sessions with pandas, orangutans, wolves and more provide fascinating insight into the animal kingdom.