Explore the first Geo-Zoo in the world
Explore the first Geo-Zoo in the world. Tierpark Hellabrunn was founded in 1911 as the first Geo-zoo worldwide. The animals live according to their geographic distribution in complex communities. Hellabrunn is not a zoo in the classical sense. It is more of a nature preserve within the landscape conservation area of the Isar meadows inhabited by animals that live in especially large, structured enclosures. Thanks to an extensive array of ditches and a natural landscape design, the visitor can enjoy the wonderful and unobstructed view of animals that could normally only be obtained on safari.
Hellabrunn Zoo is a nature reserve situated in the Isar wetlands, a special protection area along the banks of the Isar River. This special conservation status means the zoo has a duty not only to ensure that the animals living at Hellabrunn are kept well and the 1.7 million visitors that arrive each year enjoy the experience of meeting them. Hellabrunn Zoo also feels it has an obligation to protect the surrounding nature and ensure all its activities are in harmony with the environment.
These principles lay the foundation for the zoo’s commitment to nature and wildlife conservation. As a result, Hellabrunn Zoo monitors over 400 different plant species and provides countless local wild animals with a protected habitat, including creating nature-friendly shelters for some species.