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Schönbrunn Zoo: 270th birthday

The baby boom at Schönbrunn Zoo continues: In spring 2022 alone, numerous young animals were born. The arrival of female giraffe calf Amari in January was followed in the spring by four capybara babies and four Arctic wolves that visitors find really amazing. A male sea lion baby was born in July. The newest arrival is the orangutan girl Kendari, who was named after an Indonesian city. Mother Sari tends lovingly to her first child while the little ape is already slowly beginning to explore her surroundings. No less charming are the newly hatched rockhopper penguin chicks and the inquisitive coati twins. The zoo is particularly proud of the successful breeding of two extremely rare dama gazelles.

Since the many youngsters born in recent years have quickly grown up, visitors to Schönbrunn are now once again spoiled for choice when it comes to cute baby animals.

Modern enclosures

Today the Zoo at Schönbrunn is considered one of the best and most modern zoos in the world. In 2022, it was voted Europe's best zoo for the sixth time already: The 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 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. The bears can also be watched diving for the first time. To mark the zoo's 270th birthday in summer 2022, a new lion enclosure and a new petting zoo were built.

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 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -15%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 24 € / Savings: 3,50 €

  • Opening times

    • daily, 09:00 - 17:30
  • 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.

    • Comments

      Access to buildings and enclosures without steps or via ramp.

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