Saturday, 9 September 2017

My Trip to the Berlin Zoological Garden and its Giant Pandas

Last Saturday I visited the Berlin Zoological Garden.

The Berlin Zoological Garden was opened in 1844 and is thus Germany's oldest zoo. Today it is the most species-rich zoo in the World. It is also considered to be the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular in the World. The zoo is involved in the protection of endangered species. 

The Elephant Gate is one of the two entrances to the zoo. It was built between 1983 and 1984 and is one of the main sights of the zoo. The gate is a reconstruction, as the original one was destroyed during World War II.

On 22nd August 2012 Berlin's Giant Panda Bao Bao (male) died. After negotiations with China the zoo finally became again home to two Giant Pandas in June 2017. The two Giant Pandas Jiao Qing (male) and Meng Meng (female) are a permanent loan of China and will stay in Berlin for 15 years. They live in Europe's most modern compound for Giant Pandas.

The Aquarium Berlin is one of Germany's largest aquariums. It was built in 1913 as part of the Berlin Zoological Garden complex and is ranked among the public aquariums with the World’s greatest biodiversity.

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