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Frankfurt Zoo (Z.G. Frankfurt)

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Frankfurt Zoo (Z.G. Frankfurt)

Address Alfred-Brehm-Platz 16
Telephone
How to Find it:
Open: Open 9-17 during winter, 9-19 in summer (the periode with summer time)
Prices: Adult: 11 DM, child (5+) 5 DM
Area:
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
Total 0 0
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This critique last updated:  Jan 2008


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Visitor Reviews

This review submitted by Niels Johs. Legarth Iversen April 2001

The Zoo of Frankfurt am Main was created in 1858 as the second zoo in Germany (after the Berlin Zoo) through a private initiative, from 1915 supplemented by public funds. During the Second World War it was almost totally destroyed (just 20 animals survived a bombardment in 1944), so most of the buildings you see date from the frantic early fifties where the zoo was rebuilt. The most significant addition since then is the Grzimek Night House from 1978, named after dr. Grzimek, zoo director during the fifties, and right now there is a Asian Cat House underway, due to open somewhere around 2002. Enough history, let's take a walk. Almost all visitors arrive with the underground train to Alfred-Brehm-Platz, named after a famous German biologist and zoo director from the 19. century. The entrance area is not too inspiring: right after the main gates you find yourself at the back of the Zoo Society House in the company of some South American Coscoraba swans, and after this you see a couple of bear grottoes and the large building site destined to become the Asian Cats house. But now you're at the prime center of attention in this zoo: the magnificent Grzimek Night House. This is said to be Europe's largest night house and contains almost anything you could ask for, from mouse lemurs and galagos over tamanduas to aardwarks, fossas and kiwis. When you leave it you are close to the entrance of the Exotarium. This is less exciting than the name suggests: close to the entrance there is a gentoo penguin exhibit plus an Amazonian river exhibit, but the rest of the exotarium is taken up by a rather oldfashioned aquarium. Some of the walls of the aquarium date date back to before the war. Continue onwards past the New Zealand keas and African hunting dogs to the back end of the garden: here you find a fine series of small walkthrough aviaries and a good birdhouse with among other things a couple of shoebills. When you continue around the bend you arrive at the monkey house, and soon after this you see the entrance to the ape house. This contains all the big apes (gorillas, orangs, chimps and bonobos), and the zoo boasts fine breeding results with all these, - though the chimps haven't had babys for around 10 years now, probably due to their advanced age. From the ape house you continue past black rhinos and hippos into the section of the garden where most of its hoofed animals are concentrated. And from here you are lead up towards the front of the Zoo Society house (where there is an eatery and some exhibition rooms) and from here back to the exit at Alfred-Brehm-Platz. It is a big zoo, so count on spending at least two to three hours here. Indeed, the Grzimek House alone could take an hour to visit if you want to see everything.

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