Despite the day being cold and wet, we headed around the corner to check out one of Germany’s most amazing tourist attractions. Animals have been kept and bred here since 1844. With over 15 000 animals living in the zoo, spread out over 84 acres, we were in for another long walk today.
Probably the zoo’s most world famous resident is Knut, the orphaned polar bear, raised by zookeepers after being rejected by his mother. Aside from Knut, celebrity spreads to the only Giant Panda held in captivity in Germany, Boa Boa.
The zoo has a number of buildings peppered throughout the park, built in a style reminiscent of the homeland of the particular animals on exhibit within the confines of the building. As much as possible bars and fences were removed and replaced with moats in the 1930’s, making for a very up close and personal experience with the various species. Sadly during air raids in the Second World War, the zoo was all but destroyed. Committed self-sacrificing zookeepers managed to save 91 of the animals including ‘Siam’ the elephant and ‘Knautschke’ the hippo.
Out of the tragic remains, rose an even more committed and determined staff to rebuild, bigger and better.
And it was all so worth it...just to see the face on the short one as she got close to the baby elephant! That for us was definitely the winner!
Though, in all honesty... now...we are actually a bit over hearing about the baby elephant!