Magdeburg Zoo is located at the heart of the idyllic Vogelgesang Park. Its well-maintained natural and garden landscape covers an area of over 16 hectares and is home to 835 animals representing 176 different species.
One of the highlights of the zoo for visitors is the chance to discover its new Africa Area, where they are sure to be amazed by a number of majestic giraffes roaming with zebras and other African hoofed animals.
The man-made savannah landscape covers an area of 20,000 square metres and is a brand-new world of adventure for both its co-housed African animal species and visitors to the zoo, who are able to get up close and personal with the animals thanks to the realistic enclosures and their barely noticeable boundaries. Visitors to Magdeburg should most definitely make the most of the opportunity to experience the zoo’s extensive new Africa Area from a new perspective and come face to face with giraffes at eye level. The Savannah Viewing Point also enables them to climb up into the heights and enjoy a stunning panoramic view over the Africa Area and the Water Bird Pond as the zoo presents itself from a whole new side.
The zoo is additionally home to a number of highlights that are particularly popular among children, for example its accessible ring-tailed lemur arena, daily presentations of its agile Humboldt penguins dressed up in their tails and its animal stars in the TIERISCH NAH Arena. Younger guests can also make the most of a very special service by celebrating their birthday at the zoo and getting the chance to not only have their photo taken with giraffes, penguins or monkeys, but also to get right up close to one of the animals at the zoo together with a zookeeper. You can also make the most of guided tours of the zoo, which will provide you with an extraordinary insight into the fascinating animal world, or the opportunity to be a zookeeper for the day and help to care for your favourite animal with the zoo's TIERPLEGE LIVE offer.
On top of all this, the zoo, which is increasingly developing into a centre for the conservation and protection of endangered species, is currently involved in 40 European conservation breeding programmes and international breeding books. One of its most well-known activities in this field is the breeding of the much endangered South American marmoset monkeys at its Magdeburg location, which has attracted global attention. In fact, barely any other zoo in Europe is home to such a vast number of marmoset species. Another attention-grabbing feature of Magdeburg Zoo is its regular breeding of black rhinoceros, pied tamarind, Japanese serow, tamandua and giant anteater offspring, which tend to be rare in zoo landscapes.
Come and visit Magdeburg Zoo, which is open 365 days a year!
Children in particular are often pleased when they don't have to spend all day on their feet. Magdeburg Zoo therefore has a number of wooden carts that can be hired from the ticket desks for a small fee.
Dogs are welcome at the zoo but must be kept on a short lead at all times. They are not, however, permitted in the animal buildings, play area or animal enclosures that are accessible to visitors.
Magdeburg Zoo not only lets its visitors see, hear and smell an animal world full of different species, but also gives them the opportunity to observe the animals in the company of a professional guide.
A guided tour of Magdeburg Zoo will not only increase your fascination with the world of animals, but also expand your knowledge of nature and species conservation.
The zoo offers guided tours for children and school groups, private individuals, clubs and associations or companies. The zoo guides adapt their tours to suit the age group in question and are happy to take your requests and interests into account.
The “TIERISCH NAH” Arena contains a grandstand with 200 seats and gives visitors the opportunity to view the zoo’s artistic animals in action.
During the presentation, which lasts a good 20 minutes, the animal trainers showcase the skills and abilities of animal stars ranging from alpacas through to gamecocks and right through to dwarf zebu in a friendly and entertaining show that also includes a number of small tricks and gags. They also reveal a multitude of “animal secrets” or take visitors on a journey exploring several record-breaking animal feats. The free presentation is topped off by a number of opportunities for the audience to experience the zoo’s animal stars up close and personal.
Other “TIERISCH NAH” Highlights
Visitors can come and enjoy the zoo’s popular Humboldt penguin presentation every day at 3:30pm.
During the season, a number of different daily animal presentations and feeding sessions will be announced in the entrance area.
On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can also take a look in the pots and pans of the zoo animals. The opening times of the animal food kitchen are also announced in the entrance area.
Accessible Animal Enclosures
Visitors to the Angola guerezas, ring-tailed lemurs and eagle owls can also make the most of the opportunity to walk directly into the enclosures in order to take an even closer look at these selected animals.
Would you like to become a zookeeper for 3 hours?
Magdeburg Zoo’s “TIERPFLEGE LIVE” offer gives two visitors the opportunity to get close to their favourite animal(s) and help to care for it/them for up to three hours. Come and help the zookeepers with their day-to-day work and make the most of the chance to see your favourite animals in a completely different light.
This offer is available to visitors aged 16 and above. For safety reasons, the “TIERPFLEGE LIVE” offer is not available for the zoo’s elephants and great apes.