The newly created pond situated between the Jungle House and the aquarium is now home to several species of sturgeon. Known as a source of caviar, the impressive prehistoric fish have existed for over 200 million years.
"Mum, look, sharks!" is a cry often heard from children. However, often the fish the little fingers point at are not actually fearsome creatures, but harmless sturgeon. Sturgeons do share some similarities with sharks: they are both cartilaginous fish, i.e. they have no bones, only cartilage; sturgeons can glide through water just as majestically as many shark species and both have asymmetric tail fins.
The Munich Zoo Hellabrunn was founded in 1911 as the first Geo-zoo worldwide. The animals live according to their geographic distribution in complex communities.
Hellabrunn’s Species Conservation Center is a unique forum where zoo visitors can access an amazing amount of information about the zoo’s many projects.