The spirit of innovation at Hagenbeck Zoo is one of the main characteristics of this famous, long-established Hamburg institution. The vision of a closed atmosphere for the tropical aquarium, an unusual elephant house and an expanded elephant outdoor enclosure was implemented on the occasion of the one hundred year jubilee celebrated in 2007.

In addition to animal welfare, the common goal of all plans was to consider and ideally implement all technical and functional requirements needed for smooth operation up front and behind the scenes. In line with the tradition of the Hagenbeck way of presenting animals, we also wanted to bring the visitor closer to the countries of origin and living area of each animal by way of specific atmosphere and image features.

Against the fascinating backcloth of Indian temple ruins, visitors to the new Elephant house can observe the behaviour of Asian pachyderms – separated only by a water ditch, and irrespective of weather and in daylight, thanks to a foil roof.

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