Opened in 1936 as a “domestic animal garden”, Osnabrück Zoo is now home to some 2,700 animals of almost 300 species, while the various themed areas, with spacious enclosures providing an up-close and personal experience, cover an area of 23.5 hectares. Many areas of the zoo have been renovated and modernised in the last few years, meaning that visitors can now visit the world’s only Underground Zoo, the African Samburu and Takamanda areas, the Asian Angkor Wat and the Nordic-themed Kajanaland. Every animal lover will find their favourites at Osnabrück Zoo, whether it be elephants, lions, giraffes or meerkats. At regular feeding presentations, visitors can learn which penguin prefers to take its fish straight from the hand and what is so special about the hybrid bears called Tips and Taps.
The zoo is a great destination in any weather: the indoor Tetra Aquarium and Chimpanzee House are home to a whole host of fascinating creatures. The permanent exhibition Klimatopia informs visitors of all ages about climate change and its consequences. Many visitors choose to save money with the annual family ticket, allowing them to see chimpanzees, meerkats and all the rest at any time of year, or let loose at the four adventure playgrounds.