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Krefelder Zoo

Address Uerdinger Straße
How to Find it: Take tram 42 or 43 from the Central Station to get out to the zoo.
Open: November-March: 9-17, April: 8-17.30, May-August: 8-18.30, September: 8-17.30 (Sundays 8-18), October: 9-17.30
Prices: Adult: 10 DM, children 5 DM
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 submitted by Niels Johs Legarth Iversen: November 2000
Take tram 42 or 43 from the Central Station to get out to the zoo. It occupies a limited area east of the town centre, and though the zoo is far older it seems that there is some kind of power struggle going on with the neighbouring sports stadium, – with the stadium pressing into the flank of the zoo and the zoo stretching a thin arm behind the stadium seemingly in an attempt to make an outflanking maneuver. In this thin section by the way you find one of the nicest ape houses you will ever see (though from the outside it just look lake an oversize greenhouse). All apes in the house (orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees) are fotographed and put on display complete with ancestry and descendants on the information tables, – quite an amazing array of faces. The zoo also has other fine indoors exhibits. In the Birds Tropical House there are five big volieres with birds from differents parts of the world. And then there is the new and spectacular South American Tropical house, complete with a glasses drying mechanism at the entrance (the air is very humid and hot in there!). Here you find an amazing array of animals from kaimans and anacondas to sloths, freeflying birds and lots of butterflies. There are 400 plant species represented in this house alone. The outdoors exhibits are not bad either: in spite of the limited space there are fine wooden paths all the way round. The biggest single enclosure is occupied by african savannah animals: waterbucks, sabre antelopes, springbocks plus ostriches and secretary birds. Apart from that you find aardwolwes, black rhinos, anoas, muntjaks, jaguarundis and other more or less exotic animals. One single thing I noted during my recent visit is an ordinary bactrian camel in an enclosure close to the entrance with a ditch around which is around 10 cm deep, – but the camel made no sign of wanting to transverse the obstacle. It must feel fine where it is.


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