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More than 4,200 animals live at the Rostock Zoo. Their near-naturally designed compounds find space in a 56-hectare park with multifaceted botanical special features. Situated in the middle of Barnstorfer Forest, the extensive vegetation enhances the natural character of the zoo.
In addition, a great deal of art awaits visitors at the Rostock Zoo. Sculptures and plastic art objects are found everywhere in the zoo. So the zoo is also always featured from its green side and its artistic aspect.
Wilhelm Löber once laid the foundation for the collection of sculptures with the “Musk Oxen”, which he presented to the Rostock Zoo on 30 June 1961. A “Polar Bear with Cub” created by artist Olga Kulikowa and stone sculptor Benno Lincke has welcomed visitors at the Barnstorfer Ring entrance since 1989. Several works by Rostock sculptor Jo Jastram can be seen at the zoo.
Many sculptures and plastic art objects are to be found on the historic Avenue of Oaks. Since 1968 international artists have presented their works in this “green hall of art”. Today these are items on loan from Rostock Art Gallery.
On the occasion of the 800th birthday of the Hanseatic City of Rostock, a group of bronze griffins moved into the zoo and is now the latest part of the sculptural collection to be discovered during your walk through the Rostock Zoo.
Plants came before animals in the course of evolution. The history of the Rostock Zoo is also similar. The present-day Zoological Garden originates from the grounds of the “Dendrological Garden at Trotzenburg”. The planting of some valuable groves near the duck pond marked the birth of one of the most beautiful and most plant-proliferative zoological gardens in North Germany. Numerous botanical special features are found throughout the zoo – from the historic Avenue of Oaks via the Dahlia Quarter and the extensive Rhododendron Grove to the exotic planting of the Tropical Hall at the Darwineum. In addition to many animal encounters, on your walk through the zoo you can also take in the silent zoo inhabitants.