Düsseldorf Easter holiday at home? Then go to the zoo, it’s especially cute there in the spring because there are a lot of cute little animals. An overview of the most famous zoos in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Nowhere else are zoos and zoos as concentrated as in North Rhine-Westphalia. They are committed to preserving endangered animal species and are a popular destination for families. Here we’ve rounded up what we should marvel at, pass on and learn about.
Entry Adults 23 euros (privileges 17 euros), children 11 euros. Today’s tickets always include a free ticket in the VRS area. It is therefore advisable to pre-purchase tickets online.
work hours The zoo is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Dogs are not allowed. Exception: helping dogs.
Corona rules Canceled at the Cologne Zoo, which means: the requirements for the third generation and masks in animal houses are no longer valid.
for kids The huge adventure playground at Cologne Zoo is the highlight for many children. In the petting zoo, among other things, nine children can currently be admired and petted.
animal offspring The white camel and the giant little anteater are the up-and-coming stars. Elephant Girl Liv Marie, now almost two years old, remains popular. Baby meerkats are especially funny.
You must have seen it Feed the sea lions. They perform amazing tricks and can even imitate a shark. In Arnulf-und-Elizabeth-Reichert-Haus sloths hang over your head. Other animals from South America also live there, for example, salt cats, silver monkeys or globe armadillos. The Elephant and Hippo Park, where hippos and Nile crocodiles splash around in the water, is also a highlight. And of course the ferris wheel in front of the zoo.
Entry Adults pay 17.50 euros, children and young people from 3 to 17 years old ten euros. Dogs are allowed into the zoo for five euros. There are also some discounts. The zoo recommends pre-purchasing tickets online to reduce queues at ticket offices.
work hours Ticket offices are open from 9 am to 5:30 pm. The zoo closes at 7 p.m.; Pet houses at 6:30 pm.
Corona rules Masks are mandatory (FFP2 mask or surgical mask from the age of six) in animal houses, dolphinariums, in indoor animal facilities and indoors such as latrines. In addition, a distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained from other visitors and animals.
for kids The zoo announces that it is a theme park for the whole family. This is true. In addition to the animals in the petting zoo, there are also children’s playgrounds, a pirate ship and a low-rope playground.
animal offspring Long eyelashes, wide eyes and dark brown fur: Two dwarf Dahomey cows are currently growing in the zoo. And in the house of the monkey, at the end of January, a white colobus monkey cub was born. According to the zoo, this is a major success in preserving an endangered primate species.
You must have seen it Tropical Hall Rio Negro. There you can immerse yourself in the world of the Amazon under a large dome. Underwater animals can be viewed through a panorama window. The lion, tamarin and monkey live in the trees.
Entry adults 13.50 euros; Children and young people from 3 to 17 years old 7.50 euros. If you bring a dog, you have to pay three euros. There are also discounts and cheaper evening tickets.
work hours The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Last entry is 5.30pm, then the kennels are closed as well.
Corona rules Mask requirements continue. It is valid in all zoo buildings as well as in the gorilla park.
for kids The zoo also offers beautiful children’s playgrounds for younger visitors – including a water play area.
animal offspring Newborn two-toed sloth in a rainforest house. The father of a real celebrity. The sloth named Jan is the oldest of its kind in the world and is 52 years old. Due to its advanced age, the animal is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records
You must have seenat The Butterfly Forest has up to 200 butterflies from South America, Southeast Asia, Costa Rica and Africa roaming under its dome.
Entry Adults pay 18.50€ (16.50€ reduced) and children 1.70€. A visit is possible without booking a ticket online, but the zoo continues to offer to better distribute customer flows.
work hours The zoo is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
Corona rules Masks are mandatory (medical mask or FFP2 mask) in all animal houses, in health facilities, in the catering service at the zoo and in the souvenir shop “Zoo-Truhe”. No evidence of vaccination or testing is required for entry.
for kids The JuniorZoo is a highlight for kids. Visitors are allowed to keep animals and, if they wish, help clean the barn. Mini brooms, rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows are made especially for children. There is also a large playground and a water playground where the little ones can have fun splashing around.
animal offspring On March 8th, two golden Asian kittens were born. In addition, twelve African pygmy goats occupied the entire outer area of the small zoo and can be observed and carefully petted there. There is also offspring among the endangered collared peccaries, yaks and baborsa.
You must have seen it With ‘Aralandia’, the zoo has one of the largest parrot cages in Europe. Hyacinth macaws, sun conures, Chilean flamingos and podos can be seen in the free-flying cage, which measures approximately 1,100 square meters and reaches ten meters in height. There is also the largest lion enclosure ever built in a German zoo, with an area of 1 hectare.
Zoom Adventure World Gelsenkirchen
Entry Adults 21.50, children (from four to twelve years old) 14, pupils and students 16 euros. Dogs six euros (only one dog per visitor). Discounted ticket after work from 4 pm: ten adults and children 8.50, pupils and students 9 euros. A service fee of EUR 0.50 per ticket applies to all tickets. We kindly ask you to book your entry ticket preferably in the online store to avoid waiting times.
work hours Daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the worlds of adventure in Alaska, Africa and Asia close 30 minutes before the zoo closes.
Corona rules Masks are mandatory in closed rooms (medical masks and FFP2 masks, from the age of six), outdoors where the distance rule cannot be observed. The 3G rule for entry does not apply. ELE Lemureninsel and some gastronomic facilities are closed.
for kids In addition to the 850 square meter “Dragon’s Land” indoor playground that includes tree huts, a climbing hammock and a pirate ship, there is an adventure playground, a climbing playground and a water playground where you can also roam in search of gold.
animal offspring In October last year, the three lionesses Malika, Komani, and beautiful were born, and are still very playful. On February 25, the chimpanzee Jahga gave birth to a male. The animal shepherds from the small African world of adventure gave the name Lisoko.
You must have seen it Features for the worlds of Africa, Asia, Alaska and Grimberger Hof include the underwater glass tunnel in a sea lion enclosure, a 3,000 square meter bear enclosure or a simulated igloo ride on an ice floe, Alaska Glacier Adventure.
Entry Adults 18.90 Euros, Children 10.90 Euros.
work hours The zoo is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm. Dogs are allowed a short leash.
Corona rules In animal homes, there is still an obligation to wear a medical mask.
for kids In the horse park, children can pet the horses, donkeys and goats in their pens. Guinea pigs in their miniature habitat are also a highlight.
animal offspring The younger offspring is already a star: the penguin “Picasa” does not paint pictures, but rocks them. The prints are now museum ready and can be admired at the Picasso Museum after visiting the zoo.
You must have seen it Robinhaven is one of the largest sea lion pens in Europe. To visit Allwetterzoo, you can order a picnic basket, which can be obtained at the zoo’s restaurant.
Entry Adults 9 euros and children 5 euros.
work hours The zoo is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Dogs are not allowed.
Corona rules It is recommended to wear a medical mask.
for kids There is a lot to note: in 140 aquariums, terrariums and large systems, there are many animals of the sea, desert, inhabitants of freshwater and tropical forests.
animal offspring There is always one in one of the closets and terrariums. Frogs, toads and salamanders migrated to their breeding grounds as early as March.
You must have seen it The newly designed Amazon panoramic pool and the clever octopus Ursula. And on a tour of the 25 themed rooms, visitors can follow the evolution of life: from the water to its spread at sea to the colonization of all habitats on Earth.
Here is the photo gallery: The cutest baby animals in zoos in NRW