Hellabrunn Zoo opens new African-themed playground
The new miniature Maasai village at Hellabrunn Zoo offers amazing fun. Designed as an African-themed playground for children, it invites the little visitors to play, climb and jump dance. Situated at the Isar entrance, next to the children's zoo and Café Mühle, the African-themed playground provides a new atmosphere to let off steam.
While the kids run around in the new playground, their parents can relax on the terrace at Café Mühle situated near the Isar entrance. The terrace overlooks the playground giving the parents a perfect view of their little ones at play. The new playground features a miniature Maasai village inspired by the villages of the Maasai tribe of East Africa: Children are invited to play in and around the thatched hut; there are also balancing beams, a giant wooden crocodile and a viewing platform. And best of all: All the little ones have to do is hop on the slide on the café terrace and they will find themselves being whizzed directly into the playground. There is also plenty of adventure for those who like to climb. From the children's zoo with West African dwarf goats, children can climb the viewing platform, and from there reach the playground.
The play area is bordered by deadwood hedge. The tranquil area also includes the Café Mühle beer garden where parents can relax under tall beech, ash and maple trees. The playground is designed with natural materials including a sand pit, gravel surfaces, granite boulders and tree trunks.
Why was the playground designed with an African theme? As the first GeoZoo in the world, the layout of Hellabrunn is divided into continents, inviting visitors to explore animal kingdoms continent by continent. The GeoZoo principle, in which animals from the same continent live either together in the same enclosure or as direct neighbours in a zoo was invented by Hellabrunn Zoo in 1928. The commitment to the GeoZoo principle eventually waned over the decades. However recently the zoo management has decided to follow the GeoZoo principle stringently. The main attraction of the Africa continent at Hellabrunn is the African Savannah. Opened in 2013, it is home to giraffes, meerkats and porcupines. Like the African Savannah, the African Playground is situated near the Isar entrance.
Within the zoo’s 40 hectares of natural paradise, situated along the banks of the Isar River, there are several small playgrounds and two large ones: The Adventure Playground is situated near the area of farm animals and the restaurant's beer garden. It features a giant elephant trunk slide, which some children may require a little courage to whiz down. The Rhino Playground lies next to the Rhino House, where the two-month-old baby rhino Puri can be seen running around. The Rhino Playground is also situated next to Café Rhino. This playground - with a treetop path and water playground - is particularly suitable for toddlers. Other features such as the wheelchair-accessible carousel, the bird’s nest swing, the ever-popular speaking tube, the small wooden play hut and the climbing frame with slide offer everything little Hellabrunn visitors could desire.