Leipzig Zoological Garden

Leipzig Zoological Garden
Eroeffnung Gondwanaland Flussfahrt.jpg
Inside Gondwanaland
Date openedJune 9, 1878
LocationLeipzig, Germany
Coordinates51°20′56″N 12°22′08″E / 51.349°N 12.369°E / 51.349; 12.369Coordinates: 51°20′56″N 12°22′08″E / 51.349°N 12.369°E / 51.349; 12.369
Land area27 hectares (67 acres)[1]
No. of species~850[1]
Annual visitors2 million (2011)[1]
MembershipsEAZA,[2] WAZA[3]

Leipzig Zoological Garden, or Leipzig Zoo is a zoo in Leipzig city, Germany. It was first opened on June 9, 1878. It was taken over by the city of Leipzig in 1920 after World War I and now covers about 27 hectares (67 acres) and contains approximately 850 species.[1]

Leipzig zoo is internationally noted for its large building projects such as Pongoland (housing gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo and orangutan) and Gondwanaland (world's second largest indoor rainforest hall at 1.65 ha or 4.1 acres).[4] It has bred more than 2,000 lions, 250 rare Siberian tigers, and other carnivores like bears.[5][6] Leipzig Zoological Garden has been called the "Zoo of the future".[7]

Notable animals

Among the rarest species in this zoo are eastern quolls (which formed the basis for the entire European zoo population), as well as Chinese pangolin (only pangolins in Europe).


  1. ^ a b c d Zoo Leipzig. Zoo Historie
  2. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". eaza.net. EAZA. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Zoos and Aquariums of the World". waza.org. WAZA. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  4. ^ Marcopolo.de (31 October 2011). Deutschland: Eröffnung der Tropenerlebniswelt „Gondwanaland“ im Zoo Leipzig.
  5. ^ Leipzig Zoological Garden. (2005). Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved December 8, 2005, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9047693
  6. ^ www.leipzig-sachsen.de, Letzel Media Leipzig. "» ZOO LEIPZIG • Fotos, Veranstaltungen, Öffnungszeiten, Tickets & Preise «".
  7. ^ "Zoo der Zukunft". merian.de.

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