No more than 30 minutes away from the KMC, snow leopards bound over rocks, Asian elephants lazily congregate in groups and giraffes enjoy snacks picked from tall trees.
Neunkirchen Zoo offers visitors the full experience, featuring animals from the savannas of Africa, plains of Australia, Europe and beyond.
The zoo features almost 1,000 species of animals on 15 hectares of land. Among those animals are elephants, leopards, bears, baboons, giraffes, zebras, kangaroos, orangutans, reptiles, meerkats, minks, raccoons, seals and wild dogs, among other endangered and rare domestic animals and other indigenous and exotic animals.
At the zoo’s falconry, witness eagles (including the bald eagle), falcons and owls soar through the air during flight demonstrations, which are held twice a day.
Near the zoo’s kiosk, children can visit a large playground and petting zoo that features rabbits, pot-bellied pigs and pygmy goats.
When visitors get hungry, they can settle down for a picnic at various spots around the zoo. The Storchenlädchen and the falconry tavern provide refreshments to
visitors, and a barbecue area may be rented.
Neunkirchen Zoo is open from March to October, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November to February 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. . The last entrance is
allowed until one hour before closing time.
The seal show takes place at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, except for Thursdays. The elephants are fed at 2 p.m. daily. Bird flight shows take place at 11 a.m. and
3:30 p.m. daily.
To get to Neunkirchen, take autobahn A8 and exit at Neunkirchen, Oberstadt or Wellesweiler and follow the signs to “Zoo.” Parking is available.
For more information about the zoo, other feeding times and demonstrations, or entrance prices, visit
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