Hellabrunn Zoo releases Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015

The zoo recorded its second best visitor attendance figures since 1911, the indoor and outdoor enclosures for the apes were completely renovated and reopened to the public, and at long last a calf was born to the endangered Indian rhinoceros at Hellabrunn. Munich Hellabrunn AG reviews a very successful fiscal year 2015 - zoologically and commercially, as well as in terms of construction and renovation projects. The latest annual report will be released on Tuesday, 5 July at a press conference at the Munich zoo hosted by Mayor and Hellabrunn chairman Christine Strobl and zoo director Rasem Baban.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Sebastian Widmann

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Sebastian Widmann

"In 2015 we had the second best visitor attendance figures in the history of Hellabrunn. In addition to the completion of several construction projects and an increased presence in print, online, TV and radio media, there were several new births, which attracted a large number of visitors," says Mayor and Chairman Christine Strobl. "Furthermore, annual pass sales rose 12.7 % - a sign of the positive development at the zoo and the service-oriented dedication of its employees ".

"The development of Hellabrunn as a biodiverse geozoo continued throughout the entire year 2015," says zoo director Rasem Baban. "With the new outdoor enclosures for the apes, the gorillas and chimpanzees once again have a spacious, attractive facility for playing outdoors. Since the reopening of the Species Conservation Center in January 2015, children and parents have been enthused with the concept of 'diversity of life' and also been able to practise the conservation ideas learned at home. Last summer the zoo had great success in breeding the endangered Indian rhinoceroses and in December we celebrated the topping out of the Elephant House, a state-of-the art facility which will set standards for the keeping of endangered Asian elephants when the building opens in autumn 2016. Hellabrunn is therefore gradually developing into one of the most species-rich zoos in Europe with a strong emphasis on animal conservation. As part of this development, we are not only keen to revamp our geozoo concept and make the individual continents more distinguishable, but above all to continuously improve the enclosures of our animals. The encouraging number of offspring shows we are on the right path."

Summary of the most important achievements of the fiscal year 2015:

  • As one of the most bio-diverse zoos in Europe, Hellabrunn Zoo was home to 19,363 animals with 771 different species in 2015?
  • After a record year in 2014, in which the polar bear twins attracted many visitors to the zoo, the visitor attendance figures for the fiscal year 2015 was 2,089,983, the second best result since the founding of the zoo in 1911.
  • There was further growth in annual pass sales. 50,374 annual passes were sold in 2015, representing an increase of 12.7%.?
  • Several construction and renovation projects were completed: In addition to the opening of the Species Conservation Center, the zoo was able to renovate and reopen the ape enclosures, the pelican enclosure, a winter home for the meerkats, a new aviary for the keas and a children's playground near the Isar entrance. The zoo also held a topping out ceremony for the Elephant House in early December to celebrate the completion of the framework for the new glass dome.?
  • After years of waiting, there were encouraging births among the Indian rhinoceroses, the takins and yaks. In addition, the zoo was able to celebrate the birth of the endangered drills, Przewalski horses, banteng, dama gazelle and many other species.?
  • Another special highlight was the return of Limber the giraffe. Born in Munich, Limber returned from Erfurt Zoo back to our zoo on the banks of the Isar River. The zoo also welcomed the arrival of another female giraffe, Taziyah, who joined the present all-female group. Other new arrivals include the hand-reared male gorillas Okanda and Tano from Stuttgart, the two dwarf crocodiles and several endangered species of sturgeon.?
  • New demonstrations were added to the Show Arena schedule at Hellbrunn Zoo. The demonstrations Falkner at Work and Meet the Domestic Animals have been open to the public since 2015.?
  • In 2015, Hellabrunn Zoo was featured a total 2,100 times in print, online, TV and radio media.?
  • The Hellabrunn Zoo‘s Facebook page has doubled its "likes" since 2013. 33,901 visitors liked the official fan page.
  • The zoo’s YouTube channel had 1,212 subscribers in 2015.
  • Since summer 2015, a team from Lebenshilfe Werkstatt GmbH, a Munich-based employment workshop for people with disabilities, has been working at the zoo on a daily basis - a successful inclusion project.
  • The Hellabrunner Förderkreis (Hellabrunn Sponsor Group) has appointed a management to guide its members and has prepared an extensive programme of events for 2016.