Presently around 3.000 animals live in the Allwetterzoo.
Of course we can't describe all of these in detail. Below we will briefly explain our priorities and particularities of caring for the animals.
In some of the zoo areas you can really experience animals close-up, in other areas there are hardly any boarders. In this sense you may feel free to pet the domestic horses and the giant-donkeys or enter the accessible aviary, where neither glass nor bars separate you from the big parrots. In our tropical greenhouse you can experience walking in the middle of the habitat of numerous birds.
Thanks to a huge glass pane you are able to encounter the amurtigers face to face, just like the slender-tailed meerkats. There is a bulletproof glass installed in front of the outdoor plant of the gorillas and orangutans, which allows a great and close observation of the animals. In the aviary of the wading birds you can hang out in a beach chair and bird pied avocets and other waders during low and high tide.
Besides all these, there are loads of other, mostly idyllic places in our zoo where you can linger and observe our animals “boundlessly”.
Pet’s Corner: in the children’s and horse park behind the horse museum there is an area for our youngest visitors. Children get the chance to experience sheep, goats, chicken and guinea pigs at a close range.
In the large aviary there are two vulture colonies (cinereous vulture and griffon vulture), whose offspring are regularly released into the wild, plus other species of birds of prey.
For the Persian leopard the Allwetterzoo is the studbook leader within the framework of the "Europäisches Erhaltungszucht Programm" EEP (European breeding program for species conservation).
The all-weather zoo is one of the few zoos in Europe in which the white rhinoceros regularly breeds successfully. At the moment there are three rhinoceroses sharing the great hall with slender-tailed meerkats. The naturally formed backdrop of artificial rocks in the hall displays interesting Namibian bushman paintings.
Our Asian elephants live in a herd of 7 animals at the moment, among them the bull elephant "Alexander" born in 1978 in Ramat Gan/Tel Aviv in Israel. Our aim is to breed elephants in Münster. In the near future our elephants will be residing in a better living environment, the Elefanten-Park, which will be ready until summer 2013. For the bull a completely new house is being built. The outdoor plant will be extended notably and will be arranged more attractive for both, animal as visitor. Above all, the elephants will be enjoying a bigger pool.
One special feature in Münster: visitors may feed the elephants.
The spacious Africa panorama with about 50 African hoofed animals is separated from the visitors’ path by a moat. Over two bridges you come to the "Serengeti-lodge", from where you can observe zebras and antelopes close up.
The cheetahs live in a very spacious outdoor enclosure of around 7500m². This endangered cat species regularly breeds in Münster.
Fascinating to see, our Affricaneum with its close to nature generously proportioned plant for the gorillas with their offspring, the chimpanzees, warthogs and bush pigs.
Two "walk-through" enclosures are home to ring-tailed lemurs (lemurs from Madagascar) and colobus monkeys or guerezas (Apes from the forests of East and West Africa). The visitor path leads you directly through the middle of the outdoor enclosure of the apes.
There are two monkey houses in which a variety of monkeys including chimpanzees, gorillas, ruffed lemurs, mandrills, capuchins, marmosetts and armadillos.
A jungle-like enclosure is the home for orang-utans and Asian small-clawed otters. The tropical house which forms a part of it has a transparent foil roof and high glass fronts. The animal area has been designed to appear natural, the entire hall lavishly planted. Instead of glass or bars a natural moat separates the animals from the visitors. In the generous, forest-like outdoor area of the house visitors can explore the habitat of the orang-utans on an adventure path with a swaying hanging bridge.
In the wading-birds´ enclosure, the "little North Sea" in Münster, the visitor can experience tidal changes and artificial waves and children can play in the North Sea sand.
During summertime the penguins daily leave their enclosure for a walk on the visitor paths at 2 p.m., during wintertime only on Saturdays and Sundays. The walk might be cancelled due to hot weather, breeding season or moult.
The Aquarium stretches over two levels and embraces installations for insects, amphibians, reptiles, fish and marmosetts.