After 2 full on days of history, we decided we wanted a day away from it.
After some discussion, we decided we would visit the Zoo.
Berlin Zoo (or The Berlin Zoological Garden) is the oldest zoo in Germany and the most visited zoo in Europe.
Built in 1844, the park has grown to cover around 87 acres and houses 20,000 animals from around 1,400 different species.
The first animals were gifted by the King of Prussia and the zoo continued to grow until the outbreak of World War 2.
The zoo didn’t fair well during WW2. It was heavily bombed in 1943, and then from 22nd April onward it was in the artillery fire of the red army. It was also fortified with one of the cities massive flak towers. After the war this tower was destroyed and is now the location of the hippo enclosure.
No the zoo is thriving and is at the heart of many conservation and breeding programmes coordinated around Europe.
Amongst it array of animals, it is well known for it’s Pandas. The current Pandas Jiao Quing and Meng Meng arrived on breeding loan from China in 2017. These were the first Pandas since 2007.
The site also has an aquarium which was opened in 1913.
We took a leisurely stroll around the zoo and I had my camera out the whole time.
I tried some different things this time, mainly using my 70-300 rather than my normal 18-200 in the hope I might be able to get some better close ups than I have in the past. I think it worked.
This was my first time photographing Pandas. So it is a little Panda heavy. I also managed to get some good shots of my nemesis, the otter.
Hope you enjoy these.
Berlin Zoo is a great little day out.
It’s a tidy zoo, and the animals are well looked after by their trainers who obviously care greatly about them.
I know lots of people have issues with zoos, and I can understand why. Zoo’s like this are key to conservation. Berlin Zoo has a number of breeding programmes for endangered animals. Some like the Rothschild’s mynah are nearly extinct in the wild with fewer than 100 left in the wild. Without places like these trying to save these species, they would be gone forever.
Well that’s it for this one. The next report will be on the more recent impact of the Second World War.
So until then. Thanks for looking.