There are so many ways, his escape from everyday life. To switch off, to take a short break for the thoughts, just the soul to relax. Any place, whether large or small, has its own wonderful spots that attract people. In search of peace and serenity.
A walk in the Park. Others enjoy the afternoon in a nostalgic Café or the trip with the bike to the Lake. I found a very special place in Leipzig for me, around me for a short time in to kidnap intellectually and physically in a different world: the Gondwanaland in the Zoo Leipzig.
It is a unique experience, to enter the giant glass dome in the midst of the busy city centre. Close the doors behind me, passes me the warm, humid air of the tropical continent.
‘Gondwanaland’ is the heart of the Leipzig Zoo, which unites the tropical rain forests of Asia, South America and Africa under one roof. All 16,500 square meters this experience is great, and is home to over 500 species of tropical, fascinating and unusual plants.
Animals in the Gondwanaland
Not only the exotic and colourful flora is one of the reasons to visit Gondwanaland. About 90 species of animals inhabit this beautiful landscape. Many of them may move freely in the Hall and surprise the visitor, sometimes unexpectedly between branches and leaves or on the many winding trails.
Through a volcanic tunnel, which houses millions of years old fossils and is also the one or the other for active, fluffy inhabitants in itself, you will reach directly into the jungle.
On my way through an Asian village, I hear birds chirping and screeching monkeys. As I would be promoted by the noisy, hectic bustle of the Leipzig City through a magical door directly into the numerous bev lkerten tropical forest. The perfect place to stroll among the Palm trees and the super-continent of Gondwana to explore.
The jungle River Gamanil can be navigated with boats. I feel like an Explorer, put on my imaginary pith helmet and ride the boat on a small journey through time – from the big bang, the origin of the universe – up to the incredible biodiversity of today’s forests.
Pictures of the Gondwanaland
One of the most beautiful places is the island of squirrel monkeys. But be careful – always on the purse watch, and come not to close to the railing, otherwise the purse is gone over quickly into the small fingers of the apes. They are curious, agile, and just incredibly sweet, as they bounce over our heads from branch to branch and between the amazed visitors roam back and forth. Not free, Pippi Langstrumpf had a squirrel monkeys – they are small and cute, but definitely not to be underestimated!
In the dense foliage of the jungle can be also, once they have just mood and keep not your usual NAP in the wooden box, very welcoming residents of the jungle: the two-toed sloth. With their long claws and longer arms comfortably hang from the tree. Even if they do nothing – I could watch them for hours in idleness.
And so precedes the relaxing routine through the tropical world. Over at Merry plant the giant otters, spoon dogs with incredibly big ears to a cozy cave. There a cascading waterfall crashes down, behind which a few Pygmy hippos an extended bath take.
Also the Malayan tapirs are one of my personal highlights. They are extremely threatened in their natural habitats through over-exploitation. Here in the Gondwanaland, they have a home found, where they peacefully and relaxed living can.
I enjoy the walk through this world. It is an absolute contrast program to all out there waiting for us. In the Gondwanaland, the time seems stopped. And that for thousands of years. How on the super-continent are close together South America and Africa, so that I can flit from one part of the world quickly to another.
Protection of species
And what I especially love at the Leipzig Zoo, is the significant work being done for species conservation . Is the animals, with large conversions, piece by piece a similar to his native home created. Small continents and worlds emerge, as much as possible adapted to their habitats. In addition to the Gondwanaland, for example a large Asian area, South America, and Africa are modelled after their big in small details.
Supports breeding and attraction are all over the world. A rhinoceros breeding station in Malaysia or a chimpanzee Foundation in West Africa are just two of the many programs that will help. Without zoos like this, many endangered species would be extinct already.
For this reason I am always again and again, to stroll in the Leipzig Zoo and the Gondwanaland. I am pleased about new breeding success, which could be achieved. About each new tapir baby that healthy sees the light of day in the Zoo Leipzig.
And about every walk through the tropical rain forest, for a brief moment to shut down and in a very remote, beautiful place to be.
Centers in the city, and yet in the nature of the tropics.
Opening times and admission prices
Leipzig Zoo, and hence the Gondwanaland opens between the 21.03 and 30.04 from 9 to 18 h, between the may and 31.09. from 9 to 19 h, between the 01.10 and 10/31 from 9 to 18.00, and between 1 and the 20.03 between 9 am and 5: 00. Adults pay 13-€15 discount depending on the season from €16 to €18.50. Children pay € from 4 years 9-11. Also an annual ticket worth more than 3 visits. It costs €70 for adults, concessions and children € 43.