Hellabrunn Zoo releases Annual Report for FY 2016
With more than 2.2 million visitors, Hellabrunn Zoo celebrated another successful end to the fiscal year 2016. Apart from the reopening of the historic Elephant House, other notable achievements of the past year include the adoption of the Hellabrunn Master Plan as well as several other renovation projects such as the start of the second construction phase of the Polar World. Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunn AG looks back on a successful fiscal year 2016 in zoological, commercial and construction terms.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Christine Strobl, took stock of the positive results: "Hellabrunn Zoo’s success continues to grow. The number of visitors for 2016 is only slightly lower than the highest annual attendance figure ever, recorded in 2014. Last year also saw a rise in the number of Munich residents who purchased annual passes. This was due, among other things, to the reopening of the extensively renovated Elephant House in October 2016, as well as the attractive range of species and small improvements and upgrades to many of the enclosures. Furthermore, an increased presence in the print, online, TV and radio media, particularly regarding new births in 2016, which were reported in numerous articles, has had a positive impact on the number of visitors."
Zoo director, Rasem Baban, is clearly satisfied with the results of the past year. "With the adoption of the Hellabrunn Master Plan at the beginning of the year, we have clearly defined the objectives of the zoo for the next 20 to 25 years. The opening of the completely renovated Elephant House with state-of-the-art facilities, after a six-year detailed planning and construction phase, was the first milestone to becoming a Geozoo of Biodiversity, an achievement we could not have realised without the support of the City of Munich." In December, demolition work began on the Children's Zoo, clearing the way for another important project: the construction of the new Mühlendorf village.
Baban was also able to report positive results for Hellabrunn Sponsor Group initiatives: "For the reporting year, the sponsor group offered an extensive programme of events?and excursions for the first time, which was well received by members. We were able to record a 30 per cent increase in funding to the end of the year."?Interest in animal sponsorships also rose compared to previous years. "We recorded 242 animal adoptions, a seven per cent increase. I would therefore like to take?this opportunity to thank our sponsors and friends for their support in the care and welfare of our animals." adds Baban.
Hellabrunn Zoo not only received support from animal adoption godparents and the sponsor group, but also from the volunteer conservation?ambassadors who donate their time every week to work at the info stands around the zoo, informing visitors about important nature and species ?conservation issues. In 2016, conservation ambassadors contributed a total of just under 3,900 volunteer hours.
Overview of important facts & figures for FY 2016:
- With 2,228,268 visitors, Hellabrunn Zoo celebrated another successful financial year in 2016.
- Once again sales of annual passes increased. 52,799 annual passes were sold in 2016, representing an increase of 4.81 per cent.
- As one of the most species-rich zoos in Europe, Hellabrunn Zoo was home to 18,992 animals from 758 species in the fiscal year 2016
- The major construction project of the year was the extensive renovation of the Elephant House.
- Built in 1914 by architect Emanuel von Seidl, the neo-Byzantine style building was closed to the public in 2011 after a partial collapse of the Rabitz ceiling. In 2014, the dome was demolished using a loosening blasting explosives technique, with subsequent demolition work also carried out. Since the beginning of the deconstruction activity, these demolition works had constantly exposed new and unforeseeable challenges such as profound structural deficiencies in the original building structure, resulting in a delay to the completion of the building as well as additional costs. Reconstruction work began in May 2015 with structural reinforcement using a total of twelve foundations as well as the installation of a new steel dome. The renovated Elephant House opened on 28.10.2016 as one the most modern, innovative elephant houses in Europe. Other significant construction projects in 2016 were the commencement of the second construction phase of the Polar World, which is scheduled for completion in summer 2017, and the revamp of Tao Garden which features a new outdoor enclosure for giant tortoises and Café Bamboo. Furthermore, in December demolition work began on the Children's Zoo. And the Explorer's Cave in the Jungle World for guided tours and seminars was also completed.
- After the birth of the twins in 2013, another polar bear cub was born at Hellabrunn in 2016.
- The zoo also celebrated the birth of two baby orangutans, which are classified as critically endangered species.
- Other new births were recorded among the king penguins, lynxes, emus, Hartmann's mountain zebras and rock hyraxes.
- Animals transferred to Hellabrunn Zoo include a giraffe, rock penguins, South American sea lions as well as a fishing cat and maned wolf.
- The zoo was able to increase the number of tour and seminars on offer in 2016. There were 341 Meet your Favourite Animal adventures, 534 guided tours and 500 children's birthdays.
- In the fiscal year 2016, Hellabrunn Zoo featured a total of 3,230 times in the print, online, TV and radio media.
- The number of "likes" on Hellabrunn's Facebook site increased by 18 per cent from 33,901 to 40,009. At the end of 2016, the zoo's YouTube channel had 1,300 subscribers.
- The Hellabrunn Master Plan was drafted in 2016 and developed into a 148-page innovative concept supplemented with graphics and maps. Based on this, a summarised version was created for the public, which has been posted in the Info Pavilion for all zoo visitors to read since the beginning of 2017.