Basel Zoo, affectionately known as “Zolli”, is a green paradise in the middle of the city. With its unique park landscape and close proximity to the animals, such as the fascinating world of birds, it offers an inspiring and relaxing experience. The colorful diversity and melodic songs of the birds transport visitors into a sensual world.
Founded in 1874, Basel Zoo is not only the oldest zoo in Switzerland, but also the largest with over 7,000 animals and 600 species. The Basel Zoo has built up an international reputation thanks to successful breeding programs for endangered species such as the steer rhino, the pygmy hippopotamus and the western lowland gorilla.
Despite its relatively small area of 13 hectares, it is one of the most renowned zoos in Europe. Here, visitors can explore the fascinating habitats of a wide variety of animal species.
The Zoo Basel is constantly changing. New and expanded enclosures offer the animals more space, while new animal species find their way into the zoo.
Particularly noteworthy is the “Elefantenblick” restaurant, which lives up to its name. Here, visitors can not only enjoy delicious food, but also admire the breathtaking view of the new “Tembea” elephant enclosure and the majestic animals.
The ape house and the Geigy facility at Basel Zoo
The ape house is the largest building in the zoo, providing a home for the lower primates and great apes.
The impressive Geigy enclosure was opened in 2012, providing the gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans with a spacious outdoor enclosure. Here, visitors can observe the fascinating goings-on of these intelligent and playful animals as they climb around and act out their natural behaviors.
Walk of the king and gentoo penguins
The penguins make a very special appearance at Basel Zoo. During the winter, they take a daily walk through the zoo, starting at the outdoor penguin enclosure. An experienced zookeeper accompanies the birds. Cool temperatures are very important for the penguins, as they can quickly overheat due to their excellent insulation.
The walks are therefore only carried out when conditions are suitable. The temperature must be below 10°C to ensure that the penguins feel comfortable. In heavy rain, they remain in the vivarium. The decision as to whether the walk will take place is made carefully each day.
The penguin walk usually takes place around 11:00 am and lasts from November to February. The meeting point is the vivarium bridge.
However, the Basel Zoo offers more than just this fascinating experience. It is worth a visit at any time of year. In summer, the extensive park invites you to take relaxing walks and stroll outdoors, while in winter you can visit the animal houses to experience exciting encounters up close. For those who want to explore the fascinating underwater world, the Vivarium offers a colorful variety of sea creatures.
Video Zoo Basel
Basel Zoo is a green oasis in the middle of the city. Founded in 1874, it is one of the most traditional zoos in Europe and one of the most visited institutions in Switzerland. Its focus is on recreation, education, nature conservation and research.
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Basel zoo Switzerland. A beautiful place to spend the whole day in wilderness. Basel zoo has many animals from Penguins to Kangaroos, lions to Elephants etc.
Basel Zoo is a zoological garden in Basel and is situated in the Basel-Bachletten district. It is the oldest zoo in Switzerland (opened in 1874).
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