An essential part of Hellabrunn Zoo’s commitment to protect the environment is the conservation of the many native species living within the 40-hectare nature reserve, some of which are classified as endangered. For example, to protect the common kingfisher, an endangered species in Bavaria, Hellabrunn’s zookeepers and gardeners erected an artificial nest bank along the Auer Mühlbach river. Approximately 100 chicks were born in these nests over the past ten years.
Another exciting local wildlife project is the Insect Hotel. Built in 2012, it features a dry stone wall structure, a tiny pond and different soils, all surrounded by lush green plants. Situated near the aviary, the hotel not only provides nesting facilities for a wide variety of insects, the richly illustrated information panels also serve educational purposes.