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Munich Zoo (Munchener Tierpark Hellabrunn)

Address Tierpark Hellabrunn
How to Find it: To get there take U3 to Thalkirchen (Isar entrance) or bus 52 from Marienplatz (Flamingo entrance). To get back, consider a nice 5 km walk northwards along the Isar river.
Prices: April-September 8-18October-March 9-17Adult 12 DM, students and retired 9 DM, children 6 DM
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Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
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This critique last updated:  Mar 2008

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Visitor Reviews

Review submitted by Terra Sneed  June 2006 

The Munich zoo was clean,well-organized and enjoyable,EXCEPT  for the appalling enclosure for the lions.

       These magnificent animals were crammed into concrete cages not even large enough for animals half their

       size.Their outside enclosures were no better. It was heartbreaking and unimaginable in this day and time to

       see such neglect and disregard for an animal”s welfare. If we are going to assume the care of an animal, it is

       then our responsibility to adequately provide for it’s physical and emotional needs. I went away from that place

      sick at heart and ashamed of the mistreatment I had witnessed. I asked several zoo workers if there was a

       place to make written or verbal comments, and was told they didn’t have anything like that.


          I’m hoping the Munich zoo officials will realize the terrible example they are showing the rest of the world,

         and make the necessary changes to give these wonderful; animals the decent living conditions they deserve.

This review submitted by Niels Johs Legarth Iversen: November 2000
This is a nice big zoo, structured along geographical principles. Let's enter through the Isar entrance and walk straight forward. To your left you find a couple of oddities. For some reason the Hellabrunn people have tried to recreate the aurochs and the tarpan (an extinct wild horse) from modern cattle and modern horses. But the 'aurochs' is not the massive animal it should be, and the 'tarpan' has a hanging mane, whereas the original had an upright mane like the przewalski horse just across the path, – maybe a strain of Prz in the so called tarpan would do the trick. Apart from that we are in the European section, and a little further you stand with the visent to your left (that one survived, when the aurochs and the tarpan went extinct, due to a small number of captive animals owned by the duke of Bedford) and the wolves to your right. From here you also can see the american forest bison. You could do the obvious thing which is to continue onwards across the stream to the monkey house, but let me suggest the less obvious choice: turn right towards the voliere (note the maned wolwes close to the entrance). From here crisscross through 'Europe' and later 'Asia', past snow leopards, tigers, more birds (what are South American macaws doing here??), brown bears, elks, followed by malayan tapirs, bantengs, gaurs and takins, just to mention a few species. Continue through the childrens zoo to the alpacas (tamed animals, that's probably the reason why they are in this area). From here you cross the water to the 'polar' regions, where you meet the musk oxen, the penguins and the polar bears. Continue northwards through 'Africa' (with elephants, giraffes, cheetas and the rare mhorr gazelles) to one of the newer attractions of the zoo, the monkey house, which is quite comprehensive, – almost a little village in itself. At its side there is an aquarium, but it is less exciting. And here the tour really ends: we are at the Flamingo entrance. If you want to get back to the Isar entrance, then walk left past those fake 'aurochs' and 'tarpans'.. well, if they could make some more plausible copies, I might forgive them.

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