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Visiting Leipzig Zoo

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Leipzig Zoo is one of the oldest in the world. In 1877 it was created as a private zoo by Ernst Pinkert, the tenant of the site on Pfaffendorfer Strasse. Since 1920, the zoo has been owned by the city. It is located close to the city center on the edge of a large floodplain belt that runs through all of Leipzig. Thanks to the large number of representative animal houses, the visit to the zoo is a pleasant and informative stay in every season.

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Highlights Of Things To Do At Leipzig Zoo

Highlights Of Things To Do At Leipzig Zoo

1. Gondwanaland Hall

1. Gondwanaland Hall

After getting your Leipzig Zoo ticket, go to the mesmerizing hall. The 'Gondwanaland' hall at Leipzig Zoo provides a significant extension to the compact inner-city zoo and functions as a self-contained visitor attraction in its own right, particularly in winter months. The building is situated along the Pfaffendorfer Strasse on land previously used as workshops and back-of-house facilities. Gondwanaland is the original continent comprising of South Asia, Africa and South America before continental drift tore them apart.The Zoological theme for this building is to study how certain animal and plant species evolved differently after the continents divided and created different contexts and climates. The project houses up to 30 live animal species in a rain - forest biotope and climate.Visitors travel through this landscape by automated boat at ground level or through a suspended network of rope bridges above. The boat trip continues underground through an extensive network of caves. This is the most popular thing to do at Leipzig Zoo.

2. Safari Shops

2. Safari Shops

The Safari Shops at the exit area, at the elephant temple and in the jungle village Pongoland as well as the Bazaar in Gondwanaland have a wide selection of zoo souvenirs or ideas for presents. These can range from baseball caps to T-shirts and lunch boxes etc. Discover fascinating stories about the zoo's animals in the zoo's guidebook or experience the year with the zoo calendar. Make time to visit these shops during your visit, it's one of the best things to do at Leipzig Zoo.

3.  Asian Theme World

3. Asian Theme World

Get your Leipzig Zoo Ticket and visit the Asian Theme World. From the sloth bears in their ravine to the elephants in their temple: your expedition to Asia will take you to a fascinating world of plants and animals. Anoas and Przewalski's horses roam the area, tigers prowl through the Taiga and multicoloured birds fly over the heads of visitors. Sometimes the sound of chattering, snorting and trumpeting seems to engulf you, while at other times there is an eerie silence while the animals rest. 

4.  Pongoland Theme World

4. Pongoland Theme World

Pongoland is an ape enclosure that is unique of its kind in the world. Chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orang-utans all await you here. Furthermore, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig conducts research here and at several discovery stations in Pongoland you can do your own investigations.  Your Leipzig Zoo ticket includes an access to this area.

5.  Africa Theme World

5. Africa Theme World

Do not miss the best thing to do at Leipzig Zoo: the Africa Theme World. In a spacious landscape setting zebras, giraffes, ostriches and other species co-occur peacefully as if they were living in the wild. From various viewpoints visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of these Savannah species. The zoo's big cat enclosures are situated right next to them. In fact, only a ditch separates spotted hyenas from their prey. This is also the territory of lions and meerkats.

6.  South Africa Theme World

6. South Africa Theme World

At the restaurant Hacienda Las Casas (a true to original restored Art Nouveau building) you will set off on your expedition through the quaint South of South America. With a Leipzig Zoo Ticket, here you will experience the wild landscapes of the Pantanal, the Pampas and Patagonia as well as the flamingo lagoon with its numerous animal species. There is also an animal nursery where you can get really close to the farm animals. The dwarf goats in particular like to be stroked.There are also dwarf pigs, geese, donkeys and other animals waiting to be discovered.Right next to it there is an enticing gold panning area.For a small fee, you can hire a panning tray to sieve the gold nuggets out of the sand. The 'gold' that you find can then be traded in for a zoo souvenir.

Leipzig Zoo Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Leipzig Zoo Ticket can be purchased online. There are a few websites that sell them online, but most of the sites are in German. You can also purchase the Leipzig Zoo Ticket at the ticket office when you arrive. You can either purchase the morning or evening tickets, the price is different. For morning tickets are more expensive and there is a different rate for adults, children, and concessions. If you plan to go with groups, reserve your tickets in advance and you'll get discount.

How To Get Around?

Once you're inside, Leipzig Zoo can be explored by walking. The zoo also offers a boat trip in Gondwanaland for a small fee. Children can also take the safari train. To get around from Leipzig Zoo there is a bus / tram stop nearby.

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Leipzig Zoo Facts

Best Time to Visit

Leipzig Zoo can be visited all year round. It is best to visit the zoo in the morning when the animals are awake and there are more activities to do.



Will I Need a Guide?

No, the zoo is better to be explored by yourself. You can download the map on the zoo's official website to guide you when you are there.

How To Get There?

Zoo Leipzig is well linked to the local cycle routes. If you are coming from a long distance, it is possible to take your bike on the train or bus and to cycle the last bit. Opposite the zoo between the two multi-storey car parks there are plenty of bike stands. You can store your bike helmets or other pieces of baggage at the service point near the entrance. The easiest way to reach the zoo is by train.The central train station is not far away.Take the number 12 tram from the train station or walk to the zoo following the 'Schlängelroute'. Zoo Leipzig is close and easy to reach by tram. The tram No.12 destined for Gohlis - Nord will take you directly to the tram stop' Zoo'(three stops away from the central train station).You will need to buy the tram ticket' Kurzstrecke / short trip'.After getting off the tram simply follow the zoo's animal tracks trail and you will reach the Zoo Leipzig in no time. Zoo Leipzig is very central and can be reached in several minutes on foot from the city centre. If you arrive by train at Leipzig' s central station or take the tram, simply follow the zoo's signs after getting off. There are tracks on the ground to lead you the way.

Additional Info

Feeding is only permitted in those areas where you can find animal feed dispensers. The well being of the animals is important. Hence, all animals are fed appropriate quantities and foodstuffs that are in accordance with the diet for their particular species. It is not permitted to walk on the lawns and flowerbeds and plants should not be damaged. Many animals rest during the daytime, do not hold umbrellas or sticks etc within reach of the animals. Waste, paper and cigarette butts should only be thrown into the bins provided. Animals can choke on waste objects, which they might swallow.Coins are also a danger to animals with the risk of choking.