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Zürich, Switzerland Zürich Zoo

Updated: Oct 14, 2019


Opened in 1929, the Zürich Zoo accumulated a collection of 2,200 specimens of 300 species by its seventy-fifth year. It is located on Zürichbergstrasse, on the lower reaches of the Zürichberg in the Fluntern quarter. I took tram #6 from the Bahnhofstrasse directly to the zoo. The zoo was the last stop. Then, I had a 7 minute walk uphill to the zoo. A litle boy asked if I was going to see the animals. When I told him yes, he told me to just follow the animal prints on the sidewalk and it would get me there. He was so adorable.

One of the zoo's popular events is the penguin parade, which is performed daily after noon if the outside temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius. It certainly wasn't today!!!! It was hazy, hot and humid!

The zoologist Heini Hediger was director of the Zürich Zoo from 1954 to 1973.

The zoo is most famous for its successful Asian elephant exhibit, which is inside of a large dome. Guests can even view them from underwater.

In 1992, a new plan for the development of the zoo was presented. The area of the zoo was to be doubled by 2020, while keeping the number of species the same and redoing most of the enclosures. The goal was to shift the focus away from displaying animals towards displaying ecosystems, allowing animals to retreat into spaces hidden from visitors. To house these ecosystems - Eurasia, South America and Africa/Madagascar - the zoo was geographically divided into distinct zones.

This is a sampling of the animals I saw. I would definitely recommend this as a must see when you visit Zürich .

I wanted a picture of a koala and a penguin. I wasn't disappointed.






























Beautiful enclosures and vegetation.





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Nest for the storks


The elephants have an enormous indoor and outdoor enclosure.































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