Opened in 1955, the Tierpark covers 160 hectares and is notable for its beautifully landscaped park, not surprising given its ... More
Opened in 1955, the Tierpark covers 160 hectares and is notable for its beautifully landscaped park, not surprising given its location in the grounds of Friedrichsfelde Palace. The prominent highlights are the Alfred-Brehm-Haus with its valuable breeding group of cats, the elephant enclosure, the sea cows and rhinoceroses, the giraffe and monkey animals, the crocodile house, the tropical atrium, the bear enclosure and the fauna of Africa. Snack bars, restaurants and play areas are all on site. The zoo has seasonal timimgs. Please check the website for appropriate details.
This zoo has a fraction of the Zoo's publicity, and it deserves far, far more. Definitely take a whole day and make sure to arrive early in the morning. Forget the petting zoo for the kids, this one has a walk-in lemur enclosure (careful though, they are curious, may bite if provoked, and will try to get into your bags in search of treats...)! The indoor enclosures are absolutely magnificent; in many, you can walk along a path in a large hall where the animals can roam free, so you'll have birds crossing your path, fruit bats overhead, and no bars in between. The architecture is a bit drab compared to the older, showyer Zoologischer Garten, but it is obvious that constant improvements are being made to enclosures, and that the Tiergarten has a far bigger area to build on, which is reflected in the size of the enclosures. Animals seem lively and well-taken care of in general, although you don't see any toys lying around to occupy the animals. A native told me that this was a fairly new policy (by a new manager or something), for "aesthetic reasons". The enclosure where this "not enough toys" problem is most obvious is the one for the Manatees, who are bunched up in a basin without any visible toys or even plants. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable experience. Give the Tierpark a chance, you won't regret it.
I like the Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde because I lived nine years nearby and my daughter Nikki and I went to it every summer.
I like to walk and have free view to animals.
A lot of changes were made and it was an enjoyable experience.
Thanks on the staff and on the animal carekeeper.
With 160 ha, this is probably the largest zoo in Europe. Therefore it's recommendable to plan at least a full day for a visit. One remarkable feature right from the start: the Kamtchatka Brown Bear exhibit is partly located outside of the zoo! The zoo has lots of long, tree-lined walks and a small castle located within the zoo. The "Tierpark" houses a lot of unique, rarely shown ungulates( Chinese Tufted Deer, Blue Sheep or Sezuan Takin) and carnivores (Dhole, Indochinese Tigers...). There are five animal houses: the huge "Pachyderm" House with African and Asian Elephants, rhinos, pygmy hippos and manatees, the "Alfred-Brehm"-House with the big cats and an indoor rainforest, the Monkey, the Giraffe and the Reptile House(rare Chinese Alligators, False Gharial...). While children will enjoy the playground and farm animals, adults might be pleased by the pheasantry or mighty avian raptors like the Steller's Eagle.
There are two restaurants and a Children Cafe located within the zoo.
All in all a very nice zoo whose sometimes outdated exhibits are more and more replaced and improved.
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