Episode 43: Zoological Garden



Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin


  • Opened in 1844
  • Oldest zoo in Germany
  • Huge species variety
  • Founded by the natural scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Martin Lichtenstein

This week we invite you to explore the Berlin Zoo with us – and there are many interesting facts and stories about this place, so we hope you are curious to learn more.

Maybe you have already noticed: when people in Berlin talk about the zoo, more often than not, they actually talk about the Zoo station, which is a major transportation hub for the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, buses, and regional trains. The station is located next to the actual zoo, and back in the days, the general area used to be the heart of West Berlin.

Ok, but back to the actual zoo we want to talk about today, the Zoological Garden of Berlin. Let’s start off with some numbers to get an overview of the place. The zoo was opened in 1844. That actually makes it the oldest zoo in Germany. And it is home to 14,000 animals, belonging to 1,500 different species. Wow! Right?! With these amounts of animals and species, the Berlin Zoo holds one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive gatherings of captivated animals.

And probably you guys all remember one of the Zoo’s most popular residents: little Knut, a polar bear orphan who won over many hearts by storm, but sadly died at the age of five. You can see him today at the Museum für Naturkunde.

Ready for more stories about the Berlin Zoo? Yes? Well, you know how it works: listen to our talk below, and go walk the Zoological Garden!

Photo and episode: Ute Linden


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