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Berlin Zoo

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The Berlin Zoological Garden is a green oasis at the heart of Berlin’s sprawling towers and wonderful architecture. Opened in 1844 the zoo is the oldest in Germany and with around 14 000 animals from 1500 species, Berlin Zoo provides homes for more species than any other zoo.

Berlin Zoo tries hard to strike a balance between what’s right for the animal and what’s right for the paying visitor. The animals rumble around recreations of their natural habitats but are close enough for you to still get plenty for your buck. The zoo is one of only a handful of zoos where you get to see panda’s milling about being all panda-ry.

As well as the obvious entertainment the zoo has a serious side so the kids (and yourself) will learn plenty about the animals on show. The zoo is also an important place for rhino conservation and the bison enclosure is a historical reminder to the impression zoo conservation has made so far.

Perhaps the most famous resident of the zoo is Knut, the polar bear rejected by his mum after he was born in 2005. The first polar bear to be born at the zoo in over thirty years led to the world going knuts over the little guy and visiting figures rose by 30% while the worldwide interest sparked headlines such as ‘K-nu-t believe it?’…I know I can’t.

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Written by  John Johnston.

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