Zoos and wildlife parks: come and meet the animals

Attracting more than 40 million people a year, zoos and wildlife parks are popular places to visit, and for most of us they are our only opportunity to get close to wild animals such as elephants, lions, apes and reptiles.
There is so much to discover at the zoo or in a wildlife park, so why wait?

Berlin Zoo is among the most visited sights in Germany's capital, welcoming around three million visitors every year. Opened in 1844 and covering 35 hectares in the west of the city, it is one of the world's oldest, largest and most bio-diverse zoos.

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A hugely popular attraction in the Bavarian Swabia region, Augsburg Zoo is located within easy reach of Augsburg city centre, beside the botanical gardens and on the northern fringes of the Siebentischwald woods.

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At the heart of Dresden, not far from the famous Church of Our Lady, lies one of Germany's oldest zoos. People from all over the world come to spend an enjoyable day in the company of its 3,000 or so animals, representing around 300 species.

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Rostock Zoo, the biggest zoo on Germany's Baltic coast, guarantees a fun day out for families at any time of year. The 56-hectare site within Barnstorf woodland park is home to more than 2,000 animals spanning some 250 different species.

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Dating back over 120 years and with a host of historical buildings, Leipzig Zoo is one of the oldest and most famous zoos in Germany but is also one of the most modern. Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum, brought it to the attention of the world.

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