The Zoologische Garten in Halle was inaugurated in 1901 with 196 animals. Its flair, which is characterized by winding pathways and its charming hillside location of the city’s Reilsberg, has remained unaltered to a large extent. Some 1,700 animals of 250 species now live on the nine-hectare grounds of the hillside zoo.
Modernization work on the zoo began in 1990. In 1994, a generously-sized house for squirrel (or death’s head) monkeys with an open area was completed. In 2003, the renovated lions’ house was reopened, and the new crocodile house was completed in autumn 2005. Halle’s zoo has had elephants again since July 2006, when Abu, Sabi, Mafuta, Tana, Bibi and Panya took up residence in the new elephant house. A mew main entrance in Reilstraße with a parking building and zoo shop now offers ideal conditions for visitors. The zoo is open 365 days a year and imaginative learning and playing areas offer visitors an enriching experience.
The wide variety of species, the fascinating and natural adventure areas and the lookout tower on the top of the zoo’s hill with a view over the city make it one of Halle on the Saale’s favourite leisure attractions.