The Bavarian capital’s Hellabrunn Zoo published its annual report today, July 5, 2016. Below are the most interesting and impressive figures of the past year.
Summary of the most important achievements 2015:
As one of the most bio-diverse zoos in Europe, Hellabrunn Zoo was home to 19,363 animals with 771 different species in 2015.
After a record year in 2014, in which the polar bear twins attracted many visitors to the zoo, the visitor attendance figures for the fiscal year 2015 was 2,089,983, the second best result since the founding of the Zoo in 1911.
There was further growth in annual pass sales. 50,374 annual passes were sold in 2015, representing an increase of 12.7%.
Several construction and renovation projects were completed: In addition to the opening of the Species Conservation Center, the zoo was able to renovate and reopen the ape enclosures, the pelican enclosure, a winter home for the meerkats, a new aviary for the keas and a children's playground near the Isar entrance. The zoo also held a topping out ceremony for the Elephant House in early December to celebrate the completion of the framework for the new glass dome.
After years of waiting, there were encouraging births among the Indian rhinoceroses, the takins and yaks. In addition, the zoo was able to celebrate the birth of the endangered drills, Przewalski horses, banteng, dama gazelle and many other species.
Another special highlight was the return of Limber the giraffe. Born in Munich, Limber returned from Erfurt Zoo back to our zoo on the banks of the Isar River. The zoo also welcomed the arrival of another female giraffe, Taziyah, who joined the present all-female group. Other new arrivals include the hand-reared male gorillas Okanda and Tano from Stuttgart, the two dwarf crocodiles and several endangered species of sturgeon.
New demonstrations were added to the Show Arena schedule at Hellbrunn Zoo. The demonstrations Falkner at Work and Meet the Domestic Animals have been open to the public since 2015.
In 2015, Hellabrunn Zoo was featured a total 2,100 times in print, online, TV and radio media.
The Hellabrunn Zoo‘s Facebook page has doubled its "likes" since 2013. 33,901 visitors liked the official fan page.
The zoo’s YouTube channel had 1,212 subscribers in 2015.
Since summer 2015, a team from Lebenshilfe Werkstatt GmbH, a Munich-based employment workshop for people with disabilities, has been working at the zoo on a daily basis - a successful inclusion project.
The Hellabrunner Förderkreis (Hellabrunn Sponsor Group) has appointed a management to guide its members and has prepared an extensive programme of events for 2016.
If you have plans to visit the Hellabrunn Zoo, you’ll find all the information you need here.