Zoo d’Amnéville: What’s new in Zoo d’Amnéville in 2022

The Amneville Zoo in Lorraine, just under an hour from Saarbrücken, Trier and Luxembourg, has been constantly developed, modernized and expanded since its founding in 1986. On an area of ​​18 hectares, visitors can experience more than 2,000 animals in a semi-natural setting based on their natural habitat. Zoo d’Amnéville has taken advantage of the pandemic-related shutdown to beautify the parks and upgrade and expand some of its enclosures. At the start of the 2022 season, after the arrival of two polar bears, the Arctic will reopen after a large-scale modernization, the outer enclosure of arctic wolves will be greatly expanded after having offspring, and a petting zoo called “miniature farm” is waiting for families with children To take care of them to get to know the local animal species such as sheep, goats and guinea pigs.

The role of zoos in times of species extinction and climate change
At a time when climate change and wildlife conservation are among the most important issues, zoos are of particular interest. Its legal responsibilities are education, conservation and research, and Zoo d’Amnéville is concerned with the welfare of the animals as much as it is with the enthusiasm and curiosity of visitors, who are always keen to learn more about the animals and their environment. Albany Belair, Director of the Amnéville Zoo: “As one of the largest areas of biodiversity in France, this place is designed to convey and make aware of the challenges of nature conservation for visitors to the zoo.”

Conservation of species is one of the main tasks of Zoo d’Amnéville, especially of endangered species. To this end, the zoo participates in organized breeding programs within the zoo and supports conservation projects directly in the wild. The zoo records hundreds of births each year, including many endangered species.

new polar region
There have been no polar bears at the Amneville Zoo since the end of 2020. Less than two years after two polar bears arrived and a large-scale modernization of the fence was carried out, the Arctic Division will reopen. First, the polar bear Henk arrived at the zoo a few weeks ago. He is 16 years old and comes straight from Dierenrijk Zoo in the Netherlands. He weighs about 600 kg and has a very good figure. He recently shared his new home with his little younger half-brother Akyak. The seven-year-old is more dynamic, fun and lovable. He likes to play sports with his guards and play with different toys such as hoops, cans or floats. The 700kg polar bear comes from Rostock Zoo in Germany. They both eat about 10 to 15 kg of meat and fish per day.

Like other animals, polar bears are ambassadors of a changing wilderness as the survival of the species becomes increasingly difficult. The polar bear specializes in hunting drift ice. Global warming, melting ice, deprives the polar bear of its prey, increases competition between individuals and brings the world’s largest predator dangerously close to human settlements.
Polar bears in zoos are ambassadors of this phenomenon, which is not only alarming for their species.

Small farm with local animal species
Since 2013, Zoo d’Amnéville has dedicated an area dedicated to the taming of species: a small farm. This place for families with children has now been restructured and expanded as an educational offering.

From the spring of 2022, visitors will be guided through this area via a newly constructed itinerary and will be able to discover the diversity of its inhabitants. The farm will be home to many species from small animals like guinea pigs to slightly larger species like sheep and goats. Here it is possible to get close and direct contact with the animals and children can also share a small snack with the residents by offering them some alfalfa.

The purpose of this new opportunity for communication is, first of all, to get acquainted with the types of pets, which children do not always know, but above all to increase their awareness. The latter is always a primary concern of the zoo. The distance to the animals can sometimes be frustrating for the kids, and here on the little farm it’s possible to call. It is this closeness in particular that will spark interest in young visitors, creating knowledge and awareness of animal welfare.

Practical information
In addition to many novelties, Zoo d’Amnéville offers the world’s largest extended reality show included in the entry price. This hologram show is available in German for the first time since the spring of 2022 in the zoo’s cinema.

In 2022, admission was €34 for adults and €29 for children up to 11 years old. Children under 3 years old have free entry. There are special offers for families.

Business groups can take advantage of several new visiting offerings, such as the gourmet visit ‘Zoo Gourmande’, which offers groups a 2.5-hour guided tour of animal discovery, with three breaks to sample regional products.

New pedagogical workshops have been developed for school classes, which are also offered in German for the first time.

work hours
April to June: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
July to August: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
September: 10:00 – 18:30
October: 10:00 – 17:30

You can find more information on the Internet: https://zoo-amneville.com/de/

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