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After a two-year construction period, the site fencing for the second renovation phase of the Polar World was finally removed and the animal house reopened to the public on Friday, 8 September 2017. Visitors will now be able to enjoy new facilities such as the new enclosure for the South American sea lions as well as meet the new residents: mountain hare, Arctic fox and snow owl now live in three enclosures, which visitors can reach by walking across a wooden walkway.
"With today’s opening, we are also proud to celebrate the completion of the first geozone of the planned new layout of the zoo according to the geozone biodiversity concept. After the Elephant House, this represents the second important milestone in the Hellabrunn Master Plan," said Christine Strobl, Mayor and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, on Friday at the zoo.
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.