Berlin Zoo: An excellent example of a city zoo

Berlin Zoo: An excellent example of a city zoo

Back in October I visited Berlin for a few days with my husband and some friends. Both myself and my husband love visiting zoo’s but our friends were initially not keen. They were worried about the possible conditions they would see the animals in and that they would possibly be upset by the experience. As they are great friends, and the trip was for my husbands 30th birthday, they came along with us to Berlin Zoo anyway.

All four of us left Berlin Zoo feeling that the Zoo is doing an excellent job of providing the animals with a safe and happy environment to live in. Whilst the zoo is not perfect, and I don’t think any zoo could ever be, it is a great example of the future of animal conservation in captivity.

Berlin Zoo boasts the fact that it is the most species rich zoo in the world. In there you can see everything from hippos to rhinos, giraffes to sea lions and even a polar bear. In addition to the zoo there is also an aquarium, which costs extra to visit. On this occasion we did not have time to visit the aquarium.

Naively we underestimated the size of the zoo and arrived just after lunch as a result we didnt get to see everything.. Berlin has excellent public transport making the zoo very easy to get to. The zoo is served by bus, underground and train. Current prices for adults are €14.50.

The animals

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New Additions to the Zoo

Since our visit to Berlin Zoo, some very exciting residents have moved in. The zoo is now home to two stunning new giant Pandas. If you have never seen a Panda in real life then I urge you to add it to your bucket list. Luckily we have a pair here in Scotland at Edinburgh Zoo so we can see some whenever we want.

Image: Berlin Zoo

 

Originally posted 2016-11-20 16:39:45.

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10 Comments

  1. December 4, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    It has so much diversity. Zoos are always must visit for me when i am at some new place.
    Great shots.

  2. December 4, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I was just having this conversation about zoos the other day! While I agree there are some that simply should no exist, I believe there are others that are doing an incredible job of caring for the animals and working hard to promote conservation and healthy practice. Would love to visit the Berlin Zoo someday!

  3. December 5, 2016 / 12:33 am

    That looks like a great zoo! I don’t know if I have ever seen a woodchuck in a zoo or anywhere to be honest! Glad you guys had a great time!

  4. Vicki Louise
    December 5, 2016 / 2:37 am

    Great photos! You really captured their characters well – and I’d be super excited about seeing their new Giant Panda!

  5. December 5, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    We don’t tend to visit many zoos, probably for the same reasons as your friends. But after reading this about Berlin zoo I’m pleased to know that they’re keeping the animals safe and that they’re happy and comfortable!

  6. December 5, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I’m always a bit leary about visiting zoos when abroad. It’s hard to tell, before you’ve paid, if the zoos are really there to help the animals or help themselves to profits. Glad to hear that the zoo in Berlin is a good place to go!

  7. December 5, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    You took some lovely pictures of the animals. I’m glad that they appeared to be well treated. I’m in two minds about zoos; I appreciate all the hard conservation work that many of them do but I can’t help thinking that the animals should be left in the wild… However I’m sure that they have a nice safe and well-fed life in the zoo!

  8. December 5, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Looks like they have a lot of animals here! Wish I would’ve had a chance to visit the zoo when I was in Berlin, but both of my trips there were very short. The seals are so adorable.

  9. December 5, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Nice photos!! I’m glad the zoo left a positive impression on your friends that were reluctant to visit. Good for the Berlin Zoo for providing a safe environment for the animals.

  10. December 7, 2016 / 1:35 am

    Some great captures there. Its been so long since I visited a zoo. I used to love going to when I was a kid. You brought back some lovely memories.

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