A herd of bison, Canadian elk and pronghorn antelope already greet visitors in the entrance area. The journey leads from North America to Australia and Africa, up into the high peaks of Asia and into the rainforests of South America. “Into the wilderness. Experience adventure!” is the motto for our vision of the Tierpark Berlin of the future. In 2014, we were commissioned to create a strategic development plan, which illustrates and strengthens the potential of Tierpark and improves its position as a leisure attraction in Berlin. At 160 hectares, Tierpark is Europe’s biggest landscape animal park, making it ideal for generously proportioned animal enclosures and keeping animal herds. Given its size, Tierpark is not easily experienced on foot alone. A ride on the adventure train, a Safari through the African savannah or a cable car tour up the Himalaya are special ways to explore the animals in unique landscapes. The focus for the future development of Tierpark Berlin will not only be on education through exploration, immersion and experience, our plans envision a wildlife conservation centre, diverse culinary offerings and more space for events.
The partly outdated animal enclosures, competition from Berlin Zoological Garden and an uncertain economic climate continue to pose a number of challenges for Tierpark Berlin, making a strategic repositioning for the destination necessary.
Tierpark is to remain intact as a landscape park. Geographical zoning makes the journey around the world possible. In the future, visitors will enjoy a rich diversity of vegetation and be able to observe the animals in natural habitats. The link between nature and animals will benefit from an understated architectural design of the facilities, which will also contribute to the appearance of each immersive environment. Tierpark’s highlights will include Europe’s largest walk-in aviary with a treetop path; the Amazonas building for jaguars, sloths and manatees; the Himalayas, constructed from excess rubble; and a species conservation centre with a veterinary clinic enclosed in glass, created in partnership with the Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW). The masterplan could become reality by 2030. We are currently working on the design of the first project: a tropical jungle world inside the Alfred Brehm Haus.