The stately cow elephant sticks its trunk in the air attentively, the giraffes crane their long necks and the monkeys’ loud shouting can be heard all the way to the big entry doors: There’s a celebration in the Berlin Zoo! On August 1 in 1844, the Berlin Zoo opened its doors. Exactly 175 years later, it became the most bio-diverse zoo of that kind in the world and it is one of the most popular sights of the capital.
Century old trees, historic buildings like the antelope house, combined with modern zoo architecture and the fascinating animals inhabiting it turn Germany’s oldest zoo into a very special place. “The Berlin Zoo is an important cultural institution, where various people of our society – young as well as old – can gather”, announced Dr. Andreas Knieriem, zoo and park director. “With the anniversary, we want to celebrate the breathtaking diversity of the animal world on this first August weekend with our guests.
During different special tours, the visitors can walk on history’s path and discover the zoo from the past until today. On the tour through the feeding kitchen, the visitors can even take a glimpse behind the scenes. The zoo school, the extracurricular learning environment in the zoo, is looking forward to welcoming interested visitors who want to test their animal knowledge at different play stations. The young guests can have fun drawing, crafting and printing at different booths.
A very special highlight in a unique setting presents itself with the concert performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals. The Berlin Zoo has a long-standing tradition of concerts: As early as the late 19thcentury, the Berlin high society sat down on the zoo’s terrace, traditionally with champagne, listened to the music and marveled at the flamingos, storks and cranes, which bustled in the surrounding ponds.
There’s also a present for animal lovers: In the anniversary month of August, one can sponsor a real bear from Berlin: With a symbolic donation of 175 € (originally 2.500 €), supporters can sponsor the black bear Plato. This anniversary sponsorship is the Berlin Zoo’s way of saying Thank you to the countless people who enable the zoo to responsibly perform its important duties of being an ark to endangered species, offering a place for research and education and presenting itself as a relaxing haven.
The dan pearlman Group is proud to have contributed to the Zoo’s success in the past 10 years. Our contributions are the award-winning Panda Garden, the successful entrance concept Löwentor und in the emerging rhinoceros enclosure.
Thank you for the trust as well as the great collaboration. We are looking forward to our prospective joint projects.