Zoo Leipzig Reviews
Zoo Leipzig Aug 27, 2011
The Leipzig Zoological Garden, or the Leipzig Zoo, was opened in Leipzig, Germany on June 9, 1878 and it's still one of the most popular and famous zoos in Germany.
It's the home of "Heidi the squint-eyed opossum". The opossum got famous in Germany and (maybe) the world since during a photo shooting for the new exhibition "Gondwanaland" they found out by accident that Heidi is squint-eyed (which is not common I think). She even has her own Facebook page ;) Unfortunately I couldn't take a photo of her since she only showed us her nice butt ;)
The zoo covers about 225,000 m² and contains more than 2,000 animals of 500 different species. It's more like a park than a typical zoo. The newest attraction is Gondwanaland which I'll review later.
The zoo is separated in several theme sections like African theme area, Asian theme area, South American theme area, Gründergarten (Founders garden) area and Pongoland, the home of the apes.
Already after WW I, WW II and during the government of the GDR the zoo expanded from a private zoological garden to a well known and distinguished zoo. But after the german reunification in 1989 the planning and working for the "Zoo of the future" began. This means that there are mostly no cages anymore but huge areas for the different animals instead. There are still some old areas remained but the zoo is working on it. Until 2014 all animals will have a new and better home.
During the summer month, especially on weekends the zoo is very crowded and it can happen that you have to wait in several areas for a vacant place. If you have the opportunity to go during the week I highly recommend this.
All in all a day in the zoo was great.
Prices: July - October: adults € 17.00; children € 10.00
Rest of the year: adults € 14.00; children € 8.00
Children up to 4 years are free
The price includes the entrance to Gondwanaland, too.
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