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.
On Tuesday, 11 July, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Christine Strobl, and zoo director Rasem Baban invited guests to the presentation of the latest annual report at the zoo in Munich. Chairman 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.