Day at the zoo for people in need
Many of the things we take for granted everyday are often out of reach for people in need. Even normal recreational activities such as a visit to the zoo can overburden an already tight budget. On Saturday, 5 March, Hellabrunn Zoo joined forces with Stadtsparkasse Munich, the We Help Munich Foundation and the City of Munich Social Services Department to host the first Day at the Zoo for people in need at Hellabrunn.
Bright eyes and the boisterous laughter of children are commonplace at Hellabrunn, but the joy the zoo brings was even more special to one group of visitors on Saturday: Over 1,000 visitors from asylum-seeking families and unaccompanied minors as well as from particularly needy Munich families and senior citizens, selected by the Social Services Department, were invited to experience an unforgettable day at Hellabrunn. In the Show Arena, the visitors were able to spend the entire day in direct contact with various animals and enjoy interesting talks with the keepers. The zoo's concession tenants also prepared several surprises for the visitors: the children were given free use of the rides in Kinderland, each of the visitors received a small gift in the zoo shop and there was also food and drink to ensure everyone was well provided for.
"A big thank you to our tenants of the zoo restaurant, the Kinderland, the kiosk at the Orangutan House and the zoo shops! Münchner Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG [brewery], our long term partner, were of great assistance with free non-alcoholic drinks," say zoo director Rasem Baban, thanking the many partners of the zoo. "We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to Stadtsparkasse Munich and the We Help Munich Foundation for covering all extra costs as well as part of the entry ticket costs."
"We are proud that we were able to make a contribution here and thus support people with less financial means participate in the social and cultural life of our city," says Ralf Fleischer, CEO of Stadtsparkasse Munich. The children in particular found meeting the animals up close a truly special experience and it brought smiles to many faces.