Hellabrunn Zoo in 2014

Record results thanks to polar bear babies and optimal weather conditions. Hellabrunn Zoo publishes Annual Report 2014

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunn AG posted results for a very successful financial year 2014 - zoologically and commercially, as well as in terms of enclosure construction and architectural design. For the presentation of the Annual Report 2014, Christine Strobl, Mayor and Chairman of Hellabrunn Zoo, and zoo director Rasem Baban invited members to attend a meeting at the Munich zoo.

Summary of the most important achievements of the financial year 2014:

  • In 2014, Hellabrunn was home to 767 animal species from all over the world. The zoo therefore offers visitors an opportunity to experience biodiversity - the diverse variety of the animal kingdom - and is one of the most species-rich zoos in Europe.
  • Last year, a total of 2,283,739 visitors came to Hellabrunn Zoo. This represents a record attendance figure - never have so many people entered the gates of the Munich zoo in one year since it was founded in 1911. The record attendance corresponds to an increase in visitor numbers by almost 33 per cent over the previous year.
  • Sales of annual passes for the financial year 2014 increased by 45.75 per cent compared to 2013 - to 44,697 units.
  • In 2014, good progress was made on the restoration of the Elephant House at Hellabrunn Zoo: in September, the ailing dome structure was blown up by demolition experts. To inform visitors of the ongoing construction work, an Information Pavilion was opened opposite the Elephant House, which offers visitors interesting facts about the history of the 100-year-old Elephant House and the current restoration work. Also, a winter home was built for the meerkats towards the end of 2014 and the outdoor enclosure for the drills was renovated using natural materials to create a more visually appealing home.
  • Important births: After twelve years, Hellabrunn Zoo once again celebrated the birth of king penguins. The flamingos have successfully reared 17 chicks - an absolute record. In 2014, the emus produced eight young offspring. There were also new births among the red kangaroos, agile wallabies, silvery gibbons, ring-tailed lemurs and ruffed lemurs - in many cases with multiple-offspring litters.
  • Of particular note was the animals that arrived from other European zoos: the female tiger Ahimsa arrived at Hellabrunn Zoo from Duisburg Zoo to keep the Siberian tiger Jegor company. The takin bull Till came to Munich from Sosto Zoo in Hungary. Additions were also made to the gentoo penguins: four animals arrived in Munich from Faunia nature park in Madrid, another came from Wuppertal Zoo.
  • The website was relaunched in 2014. The website now offers even more user-friendly and visually appealing information for an exciting visit to the zoo.
  • In 2014, Hellabrunn Zoo was featured a total 1,808 times in print, online, TV and radio media. This represents an increase of more than 35 per cent compared to the previous year. The most reported aspect of the zoo was the polar bear twins Nela and Nobby.

Mayor and Chairman Christine Strobl: "In the past financial year, Hellabrunn was able to make significant progress with several important building projects. They include the restoration of the Elephant House, the renovation of outdoor enclosures for the gorillas and chimpanzees, as well as the redesign of the Species Conservation Center. As the first geo-zoo in the world, Hellabrunn Zoo continues to position itself as one of the most species-rich zoos in Europe and remains committed to the conservation of species for future generations."

Zoo director Rasem Baban: "2014 will always have a special place in the history of Hellabrunn Zoo. The record number of nearly 2.3 million visitors is a unique achievement in the more than 100-year history of our zoo. The polar bear twins Nela and Nobby, in particular, have helped to attract such a large number of people to Hellabrunn. But the weather was also consistently perfect for a visit to the zoo, especially during the holiday periods. Our task now is to expand the educational programme at the zoo. The concept I aim to pursue is as follows: biodivesity in the geo-zoo. The term "geo-zoo" means that the animals at Hellabrunn live according to their geographic distribution. With the zoo divided by continents, visitors can embark on a journey of the entire animal kingdom of the world. Biodiversity means the variety of life and relates to responsible conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. This is a message Hellabrunn Zoo intends to communicate with greater emphasis in future."