Dresden Zoo

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Dresden Zoo
ZOO Dresden - gate
Date opened 1861[1]
Location Dresden, Free State of Saxony, Germany
Coordinates 51°02′15″N 13°45′14″E / 51.0374°N 13.7539°E / 51.0374; 13.7539Coordinates: 51°02′15″N 13°45′14″E / 51.0374°N 13.7539°E / 51.0374; 13.7539
Land area 13 hectares (32 acres)[1]
Number of animals 3000[1]
Number of species 400[1]
Memberships WAZA,[2] EAZA,[3] VDZ[4]
Major exhibits Afrikahaus, Löwen- & Karakalanlage, Aquarium und Terrarium, Giraffenhaus, Vögel, Prof. Brandes-Haus, Orang Utans, Der Zoo Unter der Erde[5]
Website www.zoo-dresden.de
Map of Dresden Zoo

Dresden Zoo, or Zoo Dresden, is a zoo situated in the city of Dresden in Germany. It was opened in 1861, making it Germany's fourth oldest zoo. It was originally designed by Peter Joseph Lenné.[1]

The zoo is located on the southern edge of the Großer Garten (Great Garden), a large city centre park. The zoo houses about 3000 animals of almost 400 species, especially Asian animals.[1] It is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

The zoo is served on its southern side by tram lines 9 and 13 of the Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe, the local municipal transport company. On its northern side is the Zoo station of the Dresdner Parkeisenbahn, a minimum gauge railway through the Großer Garten that is largely operated by children.[6][7]

In Literature[edit]

At the end of the short story "Tobermory" (1909) by Saki, the visiting Englishman Cornelius Appin is killed by an elephant at the Dresden Zoological Garden.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Zoo Dresden". City of Dresden Press and Public Relations Office. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Zoos and Aquariums of the World". waza.org. WAZA. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". eaza.net. EAZA. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Zoo Dresden". zoo-dresden.de (in German). Zoo Dresden GmbH. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rundgang" [Tour]. zoo-dresden.de (in German). Zoo Dresden GmbH. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Liniennetz Dresden" [Dresden route map] (in German). Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Parkeisenbahn - Interesting facts" (in German). Castles and Gardens Dresden. Archived from the original on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 

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