The investment will be made in Klever Tiergarten over the next fifteen years. Eight thematic areas – from Africa to the North Sea – aim to attract 200,000 visitors.
Cleaver Tiergarten has ambitious goals over the next 15-20 years. The petting zoo will become an orchard for endangered animal species. With targeted investments, Managing Director Martin Polozek wants to focus on eight subject areas and thus build a self-confident brand ‘Clever Tiergarten’: “Everyone at NRW should know that there is a beautiful zoo in Cliffe,” Polozek told the press yesterday.
The young zoo chief presented the “20+ Master Plan”, which aims to provide guidelines for future development. The new board of the Zoo Association is convinced of the goals and the possibilities. In a few years, 200,000 visitors are expected to visit the Cliff Zoo – this year the 100,000 visitors mark will likely be broken for the first time.
Process projects one by one
Success does not fall from the sky. Thus Polutzek also knows that he has big plans to realize the thematic areas in Asia, South America, North America, Africa, Australia, the Show Farm, the North Sea Coast, and the world of penguins. “We want to process projects incrementally and organize funding and donations accordingly,” he says.
Board member Joseph Kanders attests to the young vet’s special abilities in persuasion, even considering the massive investments realistic. The new panda coop alone will cost €200,000.
Capybara and the human
The focal point of Polotzek is the first-hand experience of the animal world. Visitors should be able to get close to, feed and pet the animals. “This sets us apart from other zoos in the area.”
He also focuses on endangered zoos so he doesn’t get caught up in the enclosures of Anholt Bear (the local fauna) or Weezer Zoo (the petting zoo). Clever Tiergarten must be different. “We want to move away from mesh mats and toward a natural habitat for animals.”
Walking in the planned alpaca area
So the zoo manager plans the alpaca area that visitors can access. The new Capybara facility is also to be accessible to humans. On Monkey Island, which should be accessed via a small bridge, Polozek would like to see the endangered squirrel monkeys or monkeys (marmosets) that visitors can observe up close.
The area of the former fallow deer barn will be used in a project unique in Europe: the area will be netted and provide a home for the bald eagle. “This will be the largest enclosure of the bald eagle in Europe,” Polozczyk says proudly.
Feeding umbo goats by hand
The Africa region will also be more accessible to visitors in the future. It can then be fed owambu goats, pygmy goats or Dahomey cows by hand.
Australia’s program is ambitious, too. There must also be a large area hunting here so you can allow 200 parrots to fly. Then they share the enclosure with a Parma kangaroo. Visitors can feed the parrots with millet themselves. To make sure the animals don’t eat too much, the amount of feed is controlled centrally across the zoo.
The biggest project is the realization of the new sealing pool. This is already being planned (NRZ reported) with memorial protection also involved. In general, the protection of monuments should be closely involved, since the zoo is under protection: “We have to see how we can reconcile this beautiful facility with modern breeding of species-appropriate animals,” says Polutzek.
Names of sponsors for the facility
In order to raise the necessary funds, the zoo is counting on the willingness of Clever residents to donate. Many people have already received sponsorship, and some companies are also contributing financially to the systems. So the meerkat fold – suitable for some sporting arenas – will soon be called “Janssen-Bedachungen-Meerkatengehege” – you may still have to get used to it…
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