Em pleno centro de Dresden, a cidade às margens do rio Elba, e a poucos metros da famosa igreja Frauenkirche encontra-se um dos mais antigos zoológicos da Alemanha, em meio a um grande parque. Cerca de 3.000 animais de aproximadamente 300 espécies convidam visitantes do mundo inteiro a passar um dia inesquecível com eles.
Dresden não tem só a Ópera Semper, o Zwinger e a Frauenkirche! Completando essas famosas atrações, os amantes de animais, sejam grandes ou pequenos, encontram o lugar perfeito: o zoológico! Esse oásis natural de 13 hectares reúne lazer, educação, pesquisa científica e conservação da natureza e das espécies em um só lugar. A "Afrikahaus" é uma das atrações especiais, com elefantes, mandris, ratos-toupeiras-pelados, e área que reproduz uma savana, com leões e linces-do-deserto, além da casa das girafas, onde uma espécie de galeria permite que os visitantes fiquem face a face com os animais do pescoço logo. A nova "Prof. Brandes-Haus": a instalação, projetada como um pavilhão tropical, abriga macacos como o macaco-do-velho-mundo, o parauacu e o macaco-barrigudo, que podem ser observados brincando e trepando nos galhos nas grandes ilhas externas, separadas do público apenas por fossos de água. Mas há muito mais para se descobrir no mundo dos animais do zoológico de Dresden. Seja na Páscoa, no Pentecostes, no Dia das Bruxas ou no Natal, diversos eventos durante o ano tornam uma visita ao zoológico de Dresden sempre um momento especial.
Famílias e, principalmente, crianças têm muito para ver no zoológico de Dresden. Um escorrega subterrâneo leva a um mundo diferente no zoológico, habitado por roedores, abelhões e minhocas. No zoológico interativo há ovelhas dos Camarões, minileitões e uma despensa cheia de camundongos. Nos pontos de encontro para a alimentação diária dos animais. é possível aprender coisas interessantes sobre os animais e as crianças podem se divertir para valer depois, nos playgrounds de aventura. As apresentações gratuitas do palhaço do zoológico também são imperdíveis. O zoológico não oferece só lazer, mas é também a maior instituição educacional da cidade para ciências naturais. Desde 1996, a escola zoológica introduz estudantes de todas as idades aos animais, problemas da proteção do meio ambiente e questões ecológicas e éticas. Além disso, o zoológico de Dresden participa de diversos programas internacionais de criação e conservação – principalmente de macacos e papagaios!
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