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Zoo Duisburg

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Zoo Duisburg

Address Duisburg zooMülheimerstr
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Open: Summer: 8.30-18, winter 8.30-16.30
Prices: Adult 14 DM, 20 DM with Delphinarium and Walarium, Children 8 DM
Area:
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
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This critique last updated:  Jan 2008


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This Review submited by Niels Johs Legarth Iversen: November 2000
The Duisburg Zoo is at the Mühlheimer Straße a couple of kms from the Hauptbahnhof in the direction away from the town center, - you can take the tram 301 out there. It is a middlesize zoo, oblong, but divided in two parts by a busy road and only linked by one footbridge. There is little risk that you will overlook anything important, because you have few choices how to walk the place. But there is nevertheless quite a lot to see. The planners have placed the animals more after aesthetic principles than according to zoological or geographical considerations. For instances the lions, bisons and baktrian camels are neighbours in a small area in the northern section. On the other hand, you will find the usual combination of penguins, polar bears and sea lions together at the far end of the same section. In the north section (where the entrance is) there are two things that deserve a special notice. One is one of the few koala exhibits in the world, the second is the most important collection of Madagascan fossas (a primitive kind of carnivore) in any zoo. It is said that 90 % of all fossas in captivity come from the colony of Duisburg zoo. Their present cages are old fashioned and not conspicuous in any way, but a new fossa building is under construction. Not far from the entrance you find a tropical house with a real rarity, namely a couple of toninas (Orinoco river dolphins) caught already in the year 1975. I first saw them first time in 1976, and it is almost nostalgic to see them still alive. Maybe that is one more reason to visit Duisburg soon. There are also an ordinary dolphinarium plus a whalarium across the bridge. I saw the inhabitants during the seventies, but later on it became impossible to see them outside the show. For the moment though you can have a free look at them between the shows on weekdays. To see the belugas you have to pay up. Next to the whalarium there is a nice chinese garden, - a result of Duisburg's friendship town connections to Chinese Wuhan. Maybe it is a bit incongruous her, but it certainly helps to give the Duisburg Zoo its individual identity

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