Eisbärin Nora kuschelt mit ihrem Jungtier in der Wurfbox im Tiergarten Schönbrunn
© Tiergarten Schönbrunn

Baby polar bear at Schönbrunn Zoo

The baby polar bear was born on November 9. The fluffy toddler is still in the birth crate. Visitors can catch glimpses of the delightful baby via a screen showing live videos from inside the birth crate in the Polardom of the Polar Bear World. The little bear will be on view in the outdoor complex for all visitors for the first time towards in the middle of February 2020. The baby, whose gender has still not been determined, has already doubled in size since its birth and spends most of its time snuggling and sleeping. The last time a polar bear was born at Schönbrunn Zoo was in 2011.

Back in the middle of July, a baby elephant was born at Schönbrunn Zoo and immediately became a hit with visitors. Baby elephant Kibali (named after a river in the Congo) has since been the undisputed star of the zoo. Mom Numbi takes sweet care of the little one. She was conceived by artificial insemination with the frozen sperm of a wild bull elephant from South Africa and is doing splendidly.

Modern enclosures

Today the Zoo at Schönbrunn is considered one of the best and most modern zoos in the world. In autumn 2018, it was voted Europe's best zoo for the fifth time: Schönbrunn Zoo therefore beat 126 scientifically managed zoos in 29 European countries to take first place. The animal compounds have a particularly generous and natural design. More than 700 kinds of animal live here - from the Siberian tiger to koalas and rhinoceros. Highlights are the giant rainforest house, the large South American enclosure and the ORANG.erie, home to Vienna's orangutans. The Nature Experience Trail was opened in spring 2010. May 2014 witnessed the return of polar bears to the zoo: The enclosure, called "Franz Josef Land", covers 1,700 m² and provides the white giants with enough space to romp around in. The bears can also be watched diving for the first time.

The new giraffe park was opened in May 2017: A gallery in the winter enclosure means that visitors can now meet the giraffes face to face. In the new East Africa Building next door, dwarf mongoose, Von der Decken’s hornbills and ground hornbills can be found bustling about. The latter share the 1,770 m² outdoor area with the giraffes. And the new, spacious hippopotamus bathing pond, which opened in summer 2018, makes it possible to watch the animals splashing around outdoors. New and extensive enclosures and animal houses are added each year. But the zoo's historic charm is always preserved. The zoo is part of the Schönbrunn UNESCO world heritage site. In the summer of 1752, Emperor Franz I. Stephan von Lothringen, Maria Theresia's husband, took his royal guests to the newly constructed menagerie in the park at Schönbrunn Palace for the first time. Ever since then, the world's oldest zoo has been operating in Vienna.

Special tours and workshops provide information about the animal kingdom. And the zoo is directly adjacent to the Desert House, where the flora and fauna of the driest regions on earth can be explored.

Schönbrunn Zoo Entrance via Hietzinger Tor/Hietzinger Hauptstraße

Schönbrunner Schlosspark, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • daily, 09:00 - 16:30
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at Elisabethallee, entrance Tirolerhof
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on request.

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      Access to buildings and enclosures without steps or via ramp.

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