Questions & Answers

Visit

Are dogs allowed in the zoo?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the zoo. But please note that they are to be kept on a short leash, and are not allowed in the animal facilities, the Darwineum and the visitor centre of the Polarium.

The day ticket for dogs costs € 6; an annual season ticket is available for € 20.

At the zoo ticket office you will receive a flyer which once again summarises the rules for a visit to the zoo with a dog, and are listed on the various dog drinking troughs in the zoo as well as a dog waste bag. We wish you and your four-legged friend lots of fun at the zoo.

Are children allowed alone in the zoo?

Children under 10 years of age are only allowed to visit the Rostock Zoo in the company of an adult. Parents, teachers, guardians or other attendants are responsible for supervision.

Is the zoo also open on weekends & public holidays?

The zoo is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. – also on public holidays and during the holidays.

What are the zoo’s opening hours?

The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. The ticket offices close in March and April at 5 p.m.; from May to August at 6 p.m.; in September and October at 5 p.m.; and from November to February at 4 p.m. The animal facilities, Darwineum and visitor centre of the Polarium close one hour after ticket office closing time.


On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the ticket offices already close at 1 p.m.; and the animal facilities, Darwineum and visitor centre of the Polarium close at 2 p.m.

It is allowed to feed the animals?

No, feeding the zoo inhabitants is exclusively reserved for zookeepers. Our animals receive feed which is carefully put together in accordance with their needs. In order not to endanger the health of animals, the feeding ban is to be complied with. Only the pygmy goats and llamas are an exception. You will find automatic feeders at these petting enclosures.

Are there public feedings?

There are public feedings for some zoo inhabitants. During the show feedings and zookeeper consultation hours you can look at the animals while they eat, and ask zookeepers questions about the zoo inhabitants.

Here you will find an overview of feeding times.

Are bicycles, scooters & Co. allowed in the zoo?

Bicycles, scooters, roller skates, inline skates, skateboards and city scooters may not be operated within the zoo. Playing with balls, Frisbees and the like is prohibited. The use of balance bicycles occurs at your own risk. If damages and accidents occur, the supervisor is fully responsible. The use of balance bicycles is prohibited in the Darwineum and the visitor centre of the Polarium.

Is it allowed to take pictures at the Rostock Zoo?

Taking pictures for private purposes is allowed at the Rostock Zoo. Separate permission to take pictures is not necessary here. In the event of publication of photos in the online and offline domain, the Rostock Zoo is to be referred to as the point of origin of photos. For commercial use of photos, the motifs must be approved beforehand by Rostock Zoo, and a fee in the amount of € 400 for each photo is to be paid.

Is the zoo barrier-free?

Yes, the Rostock Zoo is barrier-free. The only exceptions are the Rainforest Pavilion, the snow leopard rocks, the visitor’s hut near the orangutans in the Tropical Hall of the Darwineum, the upper gallery in the South America House, and the suspension bridge on the wading bird meadow as well as the petting enclosures.

In addition, we offer walkers and wheelchairs for rental, which you can reserve at telephone number +49 (0)381 2082-218.

Which events are regularly held at the Rostock Zoo?

There are many adventures for the whole family with numerous events at the Rostock Zoo. The variety of events ranges from concerts such as the Classical Music Night and the Jazz Night via exciting holiday programmes and guided tours to great events for children such as the Children’s Day or the Paper Lantern Festival. While some of these events are fee-based additional events, most events are included in the admission price.

Are there any visitor regulations?

Yes, these are as follows:

Dear zoo visitors,
For the welfare and protection of humans and animals, please note our visitor regulations:

With the purchase of the admission ticket you acknowledge the visitor regulations.
Before starting your tour of the zoo, please inform the children entrusted to your care about the visitor regulations. We urge you to conscientiously fulfil your responsibility in order to prevent accidents, damages and so on from the outset.

The admission ticket is to be kept during the visit to the zoo and to be produced on request. The admission tickets lose their validity after leaving the zoo. Annual season tickets must be submitted for scanning at the ticket office during every visit.

Our animals receive feed which is carefully put together in accordance with their needs. In order not to endanger the health of animals, there is a feeding ban. Exception: petting enclosures with automatic feeders.

Animals also have their rest periods, please note this. Do not annoy or bother the zoo inhabitants.

Dogs must be kept on a short least. Please respect the dog prohibition signs on the animal facilities and the Darwineum. Dogs kept on a leash are allowed in the restaurants. Dogs may not be taken into restaurants during events with an open buffet.

Please use the visitor paths and respect the barriers erected for your protection. Lawn areas, plant barriers and flowerbeds may not be set foot on, and plants may not be damaged. Do not go beyond barriers, and do not place your children on enclosure fencing. Barriers and enclosure fencing are intended to create a safety zone and protect you against the unexpected reactions of animals.

Bicycles, scooters, roller skates, inline skates, skateboards and city scooters may not be operated within the zoo. Playing with balls, Frisbees and the like is prohibited. The use of balance bicycles occurs at your own risk. If damages and accidents occur, the supervisor is fully responsible. The use of balance bicycles is prohibited in the Darwineum.

Children under 10 years of age are only allowed to visit the zoo in the company of an adult. Parents, teachers and guardians are responsible for supervision. The supervisory escort is responsible for groups of children and pupils.

Please do not consume food and beverages brought along with you at the picnic areas. The gastronomy areas are reserved for restaurant guests. The consumption of food and beverages is prohibited in the animal facilities and Darwineum (beyond the gastronomy areas).

It is prohibited to throw objects into the pools and enclosures. Animals can painfully suffocate on these objects. Coins also endanger animals. As a matter of course, dispose of waste and paper in the waste containers intended for this purpose.

Lighting fireworks, torches and open fire are prohibited. Please note the no smoking signs and use the waste bins for cigarette butts.

In case of accidents, please immediately inform our employees at telephone number 0381 2082-0.
Filming and taking pictures is only allowed for private purposes.

The use of flash light to take pictures of animals is prohibited!

Photos and films may neither be used commercially nor transferred to third parties for use without the express written consent of the zoo’s management.

Rostock Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Rostock gGmbH) is not liable for damages which are caused by the visitor due to violations of the visitor regulations. Violations of the visitor regulations can be punished with expulsion from the Rostock Zoo by employees of Zoologischer Garten Rostock gGmbH.

Please always indicate “Rostock Zoo” as the source with publications in social networks and online presentations.

We thank you for your understanding and wish you a pleasant visit to the zoo!

Children

Are children allowed alone in the zoo?

Children under 10 years of age are only allowed to visit the Rostock Zoo in the company of an adult. Parents, teachers, guardians or other attendants are responsible for supervision.

Are there playgrounds at the zoo?

Yes, at the zoo there are numerous playgrounds where young zoo visitors can romp around. These include the play ship Fram, the large playground near the pygmy hippopotamuses, the ark on the waterway, the Viking playground and the KNAX climbing course. In addition, there are numerous experience stations. The playgrounds and experience stations are listed in our zoo site plan.

Are there public feedings?

There are public feedings for some zoo inhabitants. During the show feedings and zookeeper consultation hours you can look at the animals while they eat, and ask zookeepers questions about the zoo inhabitants.

Here you will find an overview of feeding times.

Are bicycles, scooters & Co. allowed in the zoo?

Bicycles, scooters, roller skates, inline skates, skateboards and city scooters may not be operated within the zoo. Playing with balls, Frisbees and the like is prohibited. The use of balance bicycles occurs at your own risk. If damages and accidents occur, the supervisor is fully responsible. The use of balance bicycles is prohibited in the Darwineum and the visitor centre of the Polarium.

Are there petting enclosures at the Rostock Zoo?

Yes, the compounds of llamas and African pygmy goats can be entered, and the animals can be fed and petted here. In addition, the seabird aviary, the reindeer compound as well as the wading bird meadow are accessible. But here the visitor paths are not to be left, and distance to the animals is to be kept.

Is the zoo barrier-free?

Yes, the Rostock Zoo is barrier-free. The only exceptions are the Rainforest Pavilion, the snow leopard rocks, the visitor’s hut near the orangutans in the Tropical Hall of the Darwineum, the upper gallery in the South America House, and the suspension bridge on the wading bird meadow as well as the petting enclosures.
In addition, we offer walkers and wheelchairs for rental, which you can reserve at telephone number +49 (0)381 2082-218.

Are handcarts available at the Rostock Zoo?

Yes, you can rent handcarts at the zoo ticket offices for a fee in the amount of € 5. A reservation is possible up until the day before your visit to the zoo at telephone number +49 (0)381 2082-218.

Are there any visitor regulations?

Yes, these are as follows:

Dear zoo visitors,
For the welfare and protection of humans and animals, please note our visitor regulations:

With the purchase of the admission ticket you acknowledge the visitor regulations.
Before starting your tour of the zoo, please inform the children entrusted to your care about the visitor regulations. We urge you to conscientiously fulfil your responsibility in order to prevent accidents, damages and so on from the outset.

The admission ticket is to be kept during the visit to the zoo and to be produced on request. The admission tickets lose their validity after leaving the zoo. Annual season tickets must be submitted for scanning at the ticket office during every visit.

Our animals receive feed which is carefully put together in accordance with their needs. In order not to endanger the health of animals, there is a feeding ban. Exception: petting enclosures with automatic feeders.

Animals also have their rest periods, please note this. Do not annoy or bother the zoo inhabitants.

Dogs must be kept on a short least. Please respect the dog prohibition signs on the animal facilities and the Darwineum. Dogs kept on a leash are allowed in the restaurants. Dogs may not be taken into restaurants during events with an open buffet.

Please use the visitor paths and respect the barriers erected for your protection. Lawn areas, plant barriers and flowerbeds may not be set foot on, and plants may not be damaged. Do not go beyond barriers, and do not place your children on enclosure fencing. Barriers and enclosure fencing are intended to create a safety zone and protect you against the unexpected reactions of animals.

Bicycles, scooters, roller skates, inline skates, skateboards and city scooters may not be operated within the zoo. Playing with balls, Frisbees and the like is prohibited. The use of balance bicycles occurs at your own risk. If damages and accidents occur, the supervisor is fully responsible. The use of balance bicycles is prohibited in the Darwineum.

Children under 10 years of age are only allowed to visit the zoo in the company of an adult. Parents, teachers and guardians are responsible for supervision. The supervisory escort is responsible for groups of children and pupils.

Please do not consume food and beverages brought along with you at the picnic areas. The gastronomy areas are reserved for restaurant guests. The consumption of food and beverages is prohibited in the animal facilities and Darwineum (beyond the gastronomy areas).

It is prohibited to throw objects into the pools and enclosures. Animals can painfully suffocate on these objects. Coins also endanger animals. As a matter of course, dispose of waste and paper in the waste containers intended for this purpose.

Lighting fireworks, torches and open fire are prohibited. Please note the no smoking signs and use the waste bins for cigarette butts.

In case of accidents, please immediately inform our employees at telephone number 0381 2082-0.
Filming and taking pictures is only allowed for private purposes.

The use of flash light to take pictures of animals is prohibited!

Photos and films may neither be used commercially nor transferred to third parties for use without the express written consent of the zoo’s management.

Rostock Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Rostock gGmbH) is not liable for damages which are caused by the visitor due to violations of the visitor regulations. Violations of the visitor regulations can be punished with expulsion from the Rostock Zoo by employees of Zoologischer Garten Rostock gGmbH.

Please always indicate “Rostock Zoo” as the source with publications in social networks and online presentations.

We thank you for your understanding and wish you a pleasant visit to the zoo!

Can the zoo inhabitants be seen all the time and everywhere?

In accordance with their natural habitats, their compounds also offer various possibilities for animals to retreat. Depending on weather conditions or for other reasons, it can occasionally happen that the animals take advantage of these possibilities and seclude themselves. We would gladly like to allow them to take advantage of this possibility and ask for your understanding. But in most cases the animals can be seen in their compounds or in the animal facilities.

 

Tickets

Can I interrupt my visit to the zoo with a day ticket?

No, the day ticket loses its validity when you leave the zoo.

Are annual season tickets transferable?

No, our annual season tickets are personalised and therefore not transferable.

Which benefits does an annual season ticket for the Rostock Zoo offer?

With an annual season ticket you can visit the Rostock Zoo on 365 days a year as often as you would like to. In addition, we offer numerous discounts on event tickets and in the zoo shops to annual season ticket holders.

In other zoological institutions and leisure centres you will also receive discounts with your zoo annual season ticket:

  • Vogelpark Marlow
  • Zoo Schwerin
  • Deutsches Meeresmuseum Stralsund
  • Tierpark Wismar
  • Wildpark MV
  • Müritzeum Waren
  • Tierpark Ueckermünde
  • Tierpark Sassnitz
  • Tierpark Stralsund
  • Tierpark Wolgast
  • Heimattierpark Greifswald
  • Tiergarten Neustrelitz
  • Wildlife Usedom
  • Zoo Dresden
  • Naturerbezentrum Rügen
  • Nationalparkzentrum Königsstuhl
  • Wonnemar Wismar
  • Karls Eiswelt in Rövershagen

Species conservation

Which species conservation projects does the Rostock Zoo support?

Nature & species conservation is among the most important tasks of zoological gardens. The Rostock Zoo also supports numerous projects which serve the protection of animals on site in their habitat. Polar Bears International (PBI), Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS), Mountain Gorilla and Rainforest Direct Aid and the Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA) are just a few of them.

Here you will find an overview of the species conservation projects supported by the Rostock Zoo.

In what form is the Rostock Zoo dedicated to species conservation?

Nature & species conservation is one of the worldwide great tasks of zoological gardens. Information with regard to the life of animals under natural conditions, their endangerment and their environment contribute towards motivating visitors to behave in a more environmentally friendly manner and to get involved in matters of nature conservation. The zoo animals are thereby ambassadors for their fellow species.

At present, 4,200 animals in 430 species are kept at the Rostock Zoo. Of these, 34 animal species are listed in Annexe A, and 43 species are listed in Annexe B of Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 of 9 December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora. Furthermore, we keep 29 indigenous animal species which are protected in Europe in accordance with the Birds Directive, Flora, Fauna and Habitat Directive as well as the Federal Nature Conservation Act. We participate in 24 EEPs (European Endangered Species Programmes) and 27 studbooks, of which 14 are international studbooks, as well as various monitoring programmes under the umbrella organisation known as the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria – (EAZA). We also actively work in the EAZA Bear TAG (Taxon Advisory Group).

Which associations does the Rostock Zoo belong to?

The Rostock Zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), der European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the Association of Zoological Gardens (Verband der Zoologischen Gärten/VdZ) and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Zoo Association (Landeszooverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).

Animals

Are dogs allowed in the zoo?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the zoo. But please note that they are to be kept on a short leash, and are not allowed in the animal facilities, the Darwineum and the visitor centre of the Polarium.

The day ticket for dogs costs € 6; an annual season ticket is available for € 20.

At the zoo ticket office you will receive a flyer which once again summarises the rules for a visit to the zoo with a dog, and are listed on the various dog drinking troughs in the zoo as well as a dog waste bag. We wish you and your four-legged friend lots of fun at the zoo.

It is allowed to feed the animals?

No, feeding the zoo inhabitants is exclusively reserved for zookeepers. Our animals receive feed which is carefully put together in accordance with their needs. In order not to endanger the health of animals, the feeding ban is to be complied with.

Only the pygmy goats and llamas are an exception. You will find automatic feeders at these petting enclosures.

Are there public feedings?

There are public feedings for some zoo inhabitants. During the show feedings and zookeeper consultation hours you can look at the animals while they eat, and ask zookeepers questions about the zoo inhabitants.

Here you will find an overview of feeding times.

Are there petting enclosures at the Rostock Zoo?

Yes, the compounds of llamas and African pygmy goats can be entered, and the animals can be fed and petted here. In addition, the seabird aviary, the reindeer compound as well as the wading bird meadow are accessible. But here the visitor paths are not to be left, and distance to the animals is to be kept.

Can the zoo inhabitants be seen all the time and everywhere?

In accordance with their natural habitats, their compounds also offer various possibilities for animals to retreat. Depending on weather conditions or for other reasons, it can occasionally happen that the animals take advantage of these possibilities and seclude themselves. We would gladly like to allow them to take advantage of this possibility and ask for your understanding. But in most cases the animals can be seen in their compounds or in the animal facilities.

 

 

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