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Zoo Rostock

Address Rostock Zoo Rennbahn- allee
How to Find it: To get out to Rostock zoo, take tram 11 from the Central Station to the main entrance (Trotzenburger) or bus 39 to the East entrance (Barnstorfer Ring)
Open: Summer 9-19, Winter 9-17
Prices: Adult 12 DM, children 6 DM, dogs (!!) 6 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
To get out to Rostock zoo, take tram 11 from the Central Station to the main entrance (Trotzenburger) or bus 39 to the East entrance (Barnstorfer Ring). It dates back to 1899, where some deer were put in an enclosure in the 'Dendrological Garden' (later followed by bears). In 1956, during the DDR period, a regular zoo was established, but in 1991 after the fall of the iron curtain it was privatized. Since then it has survived a decade of free market economy. It consists of a larger western part and a smaller eastern part, all in all 56 ha with around 1800 animals from 357 species. There is a separate animal farm Biestow somewhere in the vicinity, but I haven't seen that.You normally will enter the zoo through the Trotzenburger gate. From here walk left past the apes (mind the faeces throwing chimp) and the kattas to the elephants. In 1998 when I visited the place they had two old females, one Indian, one African, and the quite special thing was that they were taken for a walk in the zoo between the visitors every day, – so you will have a fair chance of getting within one meter of an elephant here, if that's your ambition in life. The path now turns right and if you just follow the perimeter of the main section back to the entrance area, you will see a house for small mammals (in need of a gentle touch), water birds, big cats, owls, cormorants, owls (and here the passage to the lesser part is found, but wait), guanakos and several species of monkey. Walk towards the apes again, but this time turn at the penguins and continue until the cat house, where there is among other things some servals. Turn right, pass the cheetas and now you're at the bird house. The zoo boasts something like 200 bird species, and most are inside this house (together with a number of reptile species). Turn right at bird house and continue until you se some magnificent rhododendrons (they date back to 1907-12), from here turn right again and make the tour around a large enclosure with several kinds of deer, including reindeer, wapitis, pere David and red deer. When you are at the rhododendrons again, then walk outwards, and you are at the entrance to the lesser section of the zoo. Enclosures in this section are larger, and you will see as diverse animals as visents, kangaroos and sea lions as neighbours here. But that is really the case of the whole zoo, there are not a clear reason why some animals are here and others there. Some zoos are planned according to some principle, this one is not.

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