Schönbrunn Zoo Vienna
The Schönbrunn Zoo ("Tiergarten Schönbrunn") on the area of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna is the oldest existing zoo in the world and has been named Europe's best on three occasions. Each year more than two million visitors come to see the panda baby, newborn elephants and many other rare animals.
History of Schönbrunn Zoo
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. In 1906, Schönbrunn was the site of a sensational event: This zoo in Vienna was the first place worldwide to see the birth of an African elephant conceived in human care. The next world premiere followed in 2007: For the first time ever, a panda baby that was naturally conceived in a zoo by the name of Fu Long was born in Schönbrunn. In August 2010 the second bear cub was born, in August 2013 the third. The next generation of elephants also arrived in September 2013.
Today the Zoo at Schönbrunn is considered one of the best and most modern zoos in the world. The animal compounds have a particularly generous and natural design. More than 500 animal species- from Siberian tigers and hippos to one-horned rhinoceroses- live here. Highlights include the giant Rainforest House, the large South American Area and the ORANG.erie, which is the new home of Vienna's orang-utans. The Nature Experience Trail was opened in spring 2010.
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