New info pavilion displays Hellabrunn Master Plan

The new Info Pavilion opposite the Elephant House will now provide visitors with information on the Hellabrunn Master Plan. In addition to the plans for the Mühlendorf village and the new lion enclosure, the original transport crate in which Rapti, the female rhinoceros, arrived at the zoo is also on display.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

"It's great that we can now use the Info Pavilion to show our visitors details of how Hellabrunn Zoo will look in the future. Our priority in moving forward is the protection of species and the breeding of endangered species," said Zoo director Rasem Baban on Friday morning at the official opening of the new Info Pavilion. "We would like to thank Stadtsparkasse Munich for their financial support in making  this exhibition, which provides a good insight into the groundbreaking Master Plan possible.

The focus of the exhibition is the major construction project for the Mühlendorf village, which will transform the site of the former children's zoo into a nature experience and education centre. Upon completion it will be the centrepiece of the Europe zoogeographic area at Hellabrunn Zoo. The village will be home to many endangered domesticated breeds such as the Murnau-Werdenfels cattle, as well as plants from the foothills of the Alps, and the Zoo School. The school will enable the pupils to experience the animals up close and through direct contact learn about their behaviour and their origin.

In addition to the information provided on the Mühlendorf village, visitors can also read about the plans for the new lion enclosure which will be erected on the site of the current home of the elderly brown bear Olga. The illustrations displayed in the new Info Pavilion show that the planned lion enclosure features large open spaces and will accommodate one male and up to three females. Visitors will even be able too see the new Lion House from the outside.

Other exhibits include the original transport crate in which the female Indian Rhinoceros Rapti arrived at Hellabrunn, offering a behind -the-scenes glimpse of life at the zoo. Rapti arrived in the Bavarian capital as a baby girl from Nepal in April 1990. She lost her mother to poachers shortly after birth and required help. The King of Nepal therefore decided to gift Rapti to Hellabrunn Zoo.

Under the Master Plan, the animal population in the zoo will be restructured. Hellabrunn will continue to be involved in the breeding of highly endangered species. Wherever possible, animals of the same zoogeographic region will live in habitat communities where they can socialise with others from the same region. There are also plans to introduce walk-through enclosures that allow visitors to enter the animal enclosures and thus get even closer to the animals. "If our animals at Hellebrunn become ambassadors for their endangered fellow species in the wild, we will have taken an important step towards environmental education. We aim to educate our visitors about the important of the diversity of life and provide information on how they can play their part in protecting this unique, wonderful world, "adds Baban.

The Info Pavilion opposite the Elephant House is now open from 9 am to 5 pm, daily.