Zoo Duisburg


City: Duisburg

Country: Germany

State: North Rhine-Westphalia


Opend 1934


Species 400

This zoo is known for its monkey collection, fossas and its whale collection (once having 5 species at the same time). The zoo also has a good breeding groupe of clouded leopards and the Koala bears 

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Last visit 2015

Zoo Duisburg

Mülheimer Straße 273
D - 47058 Duisburg



Phone nr 0203-305590

Open minimum 9am-4.30pm



Entrance fee

  • Adult 17,50 Euro
  • Child 10,- Euro
Annual Card
  • Adult 68,- Euro
  • Child 41,- Euro
  • Familly */** 90,-/115,- Euro

  • * Familly cards are valid for 1 adult and up to 3 of his/her own children
    ** Familly cards are valid for 2 adults and up to 3 of theire own children

There are several daily dolphin shows and other feeding shows, for the time please ask at the till station. Kids will love the petting zoo.



  • 1934: Opening of the Duisburg Zoo on Kaiserberg on an area of ​​4 ha. The first Director is Dr. Eduard Wiedemann
  • 1935: Opening of the first aquarium, the first monkey house as a semi circular building (later called Raritätenkabinett), the zoo restaurant and the Forest Tavern
  • 1936: Opening of the first carnivor house
  • 1937: Area expansion of the zoo to 8 ha
  • 1943: Change of director Dr. Wiedemann to the Zoo Wuppertal. Acting Director of the zoo by the Board of the zoo association
  • 1944: Destruction of the zoo by bombing during the Second World War. Only survivors of the war are one emu, 3 flamingos, one mule and two sheep
  • 1946: New Director Dr. Hans -Georg Thienemann. Reconstruction beginns.
  • 1951: Reconstruction of the aquarium , the oldest surviving building of the zoo
  • 1953: Opening of the large mammal house for elephants and giraffes
  • 1956: Opening of the camel and wisent enclosures
  • 1958: Opening of the seal and penguin enclosures
  • 1959: Construction of the Expo Bridge. Expansion of the zoo with 5 ha on the east side of the A3 motorway. Founding of Duisburg zoo AG
  • 1960: Opening of the tiger enclosure and the llama enclosure (today alpacas)
  • 1961: Opening of the forest pond with flamingos
  • 1962: Opening of Äquatoriums , as at the time the largest monkey house in the world
  • 1963: Piranhas breed for the first time. Arrival of Arab stallion Kaisoon as a gift from Egypt. Beginning of the breeding of Arabians in the Duisburg Zoo
  • 1964: Opening of the seal enclosure
  • 1965: Opening of the first dolphinarium in Germany with four bottlenose dolphins
  • 1966: New director Dr. Wolfgang Gewalt. Opening the polar bear enclosure
  • 1969:  Opening of enclosures for reindeer and milu, as well as the second dolphinarium. Converting the first dolphinarium in a Walarium with beluga whales
  • 1970: First orangutan born at the zoo. Renaming of the Duisburg Animal Park in Duisburg Zoo
  • 1971: Opening of the Afrikanum and the secondary entrance at the Carl -Benz -Strasse
  • 1972: Slow loris breed for the first time at the zoo
  • 1974: Aardvarks breed for the first time at the zoo
  • 1975: Dholes and common wombat breed for the first time at the zoo. Opening of the new administration building and the Zooterrassen. For the first time Amazon river dolphins at the zoo
  • 1976: Clouded leopards breed for the first time at the zoo. Opening of the bald ibis aviary as a donation of Thyssen AG
  • 1977: Tasmanian devils breed for the first time in Germany at the zoo.
  • 1978: For the first time Commerson's dolphin at the zoo in Duisburg. Bottlenose dolphins breed for the first time in Germany at the zoo.
  • 1979: Red river hog breed for the first time in Germany at the zoo.
  • 1980: Fossa breed for the first time in Germany at the zoo.
  • 1982: Opening the Zoo School, the new Kodiak bear enclosure and todays Owl aviarie as a gift of Thyssen AG
  • 1984: Opening the anteater enclosure and  the extended giant otters enclosure as a gift of the Zoo Society
  • 1986: Opening of the Great carnivore house
  • 1987: Hog badgerbreed for the first time in Germany at the zoo
  • 1988: Opening of the Chinese Garden as a gift from its sister city of Wuhan
  • 1989: Opening of the bird grove as an walk in aviaries tract
  • 1990: Opening of racoon enclosure as a gift of the Zoo Society. Opening of the Run-and-Fun-enclosure for the African wild dogs
  • 1994: New zoo director Dipl. -Biol. Reinhard Frese
  • 1995: Koala bear breed for the first time in Europe at the zoo. Opening of the third dolphinarium and of the large children's playground as a gift Sparkasse Duisburg
  • 1996: Opening of the Arctic Fox eclosure
  • 1997: Opening of the new zoo landscape bridge. Transformation of the old house for large mammals in to the Elephant House
  • 1999: Construction of noise barriers along the highway. Opening of the White Stork enclosure
  • 2000: Opening of the fossa enclosure as a gift of the Zoo Society. Opening of the giraffe house, the main entrance and the tree kangaroo house
  • 2001: Opening the walk-in enclosure for ring-tailed lemurs, the pygmy hippo house and the wolverine enclosure. Malagasy giant rat breed for the first time in Germany at the zoo.
  • 2002: Opening of the gorilla enclosure. Expansion of the elephant enclosure with a separate enclosure for a Bull. Opening of the zoo school building
  • 2003: Opening of  enclosures for coati Oriental small-clawed otters
  • 2004: Closure of the dilapidated Walarium. The last beluga whale FERDINAND and the last Commerson's dolphin YOGI go to SeaWorld San Diego in the U.S.A.
  • 2005: Opening of the tropical hall RIO NEGRO
  • 2006: Opening of the new east entrance of the Äquatoriums and the king colobus enclosure as a gift of ThyssenKrupp Steel AG
  • 2007: New zoo director Dipl. -Biol. Achim Winkler. Opening of the Wombat enclosure as a gift of Multi Development GmbH
  • 2008: Opening the meerkat  enclosure and the extention of the giant otters enclosure as a gift of the Zoo Society. First gorilla born at the zoo
  • 2009: First giant otter birth at the zoo
  • 2010: Opening of the Mandrill facility and a veterinary station
  • 2011: Opening of the Sparkassen-world experience with a playground and a petting zoo
  • 2012: Opening of the spectacled bear enclosure and the Africa Lodge (formerly Forest Tavern)
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After paying the entrance fee we first meet the giraffes. If you dare, you then can go inside to the ring-tailed and ruffed lemurs.  Outside again we meet the flamingo and African elephants. Then its time to visit the zoos aquarium, where the largest tank shows the life of the Rio Negro. Europes only Amazone river dolphin lives here. The house is also home to the giant otter. A small cousin we see in the Oriental small-clawed otter. Turning to the right passing the motorway bridge we see to the right the white stork. Next to it is the large Äquatorium, home to several species of monkeys as well as the gorilla and the orangutan. Then we look at the greater kudu as well as the shy bongo. At the lesser panda we turn right to see he African wild dog. Behind the following chinese garden is the dolphinarium, if you want to see a show look at the signs. A bit hidden we then meet the Amur tiger. Walking back to the bridge we meet flamingos, cranes and the rhea. On the other side of the bridge to the right we then have the spectacled bear enclosure. At the wisent we then turn to the right to look at the pheasantry, which we can walk through to get a close view on the birds. Out side again we se the porcupine and turn to the right, to see the coatie and the Northern Bald Ibis. On the right hand we see som owls and on the left the milu. Now standing in front of the Afrikanum, which is the zoos large savannah with zebras, southern white rhinos among other we follow the path to the right to see the meerkat and raccoon. After a while we then see the wolverine, the wolves and the petting zoo, which kids will love. After a while its then time to see sea lions, penguins, polar fox and the mandrill. They are followed by the seal and the reindeer. Passing the Afrikanum once more we soon meet the Koala bear, tree kangaroos and the wombat. At the milu we keep to the right to see the  Kori Bustard and a South American pampas with South American tapirs and giant anteaters. Passing the camels we reach the carnivore house, home to the mighty lion and the clouded leopard. Following are the fossa and the European wild cat, that can be found in the german forests again. 

DE: Dieser Zoo ist bekannt für die haltung von Afrikanischen Tieren (insbesonders Affen) und Walen (Heute nur Grosse Tümler). Besucher werden seltenheiten wie koalas, die Koritrappe und den Fossa sehen

DK: Denne have er kendt for at holde afrikanske dyr (især aber) og hvaler (idag dog kun øresvin). På vejen rundt møder man sjældenhedder som koalaer,  koritrappen og fossaen
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