Dresden Zoo

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Dresden Zoo
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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]
No. of animals 3000[1]
No. 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.

In the novel "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (2005) by Jonathan Safran Foer, the character Thomas Schell is told to shoot all of the carnivores that had escaped from their cages during Dresden's bombing of World War II. He didn't know which were carnivorous and which weren't, so he was told to kill them all. The animals he killed included an elephant, an ape, two lions, a bear cub, a camel, a rhinoceros, a zebra, a giraffe, and a sea lion.


  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] (PDF) (in German). Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Parkeisenbahn - Interesting facts" (PDF) (in German). Castles and Gardens Dresden. Archived from the original on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 

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