Our animals

Our animals

Animals within your reach
European culture and animal history is becoming an everyday reality. Brown bears, wolves and lynxes, once living in forests, are not moving any longer in the free nature – apart from a few exceptions. Since 1975 our wildlife park has set itself the task to make possible to those animals a species-appropriate life in generous enclosures. But come and convince yourself!

In the animal park are living many other kinds of birds and animals. Since 2010 a falconry has been part of the park, where birds of prey from different countries are housed and protected. In the daily free-flight shows, the falconer will introduce you to the world of avian predators.

Coatis
Coatis

Coatis

Coatis or nose bears have their names because of their long, trunk like and flexible nose. Further marks are small ears that nearly disappear in the short fur and a long and bushy tail, which normally stands straight up. Nose bears live on the American continent from the southern US to Argentina. They live in the rainforest as well as close to desert regions.

Vögel und Papageien
Vögel und Papageien

Birds and parrots

In the parrot encyclopedia you can find 119 different species of parrots. Some extraordinary species of the worldwide parrot family are living in the wildlife park. Also weavers and finches feel very well in their spacious aviaries.

Zwerg-Bergziegen
Zwerg-Bergziegen

Miniature mountain goats

They are very much loved by the children: They don’t bleat if they are stroked. Always hungry the goats are happy when they are fed.

Nutrias

Nutria

Nutrias are excellent swimmers. They live in small colonies in burrows alongside stretches of water. Nutrias eat preferably at dusk. The rodents reach a body length of a beaver. Originally native to South-America they have been introduced to Europe primarily by fur ranchers. Nutrias have been released and hunted, but also kept in farms for the production of skins.

Fasane

Pheasants

Already the Romans enjoyed the delight of pheasants. They brought the “Galliformes” from the Middel East to Europe. Pheasants live in open agricultural landscapes, where fields and coppice are alternating. The male pheasants reach a body length of 90 cm and a weight of 1.5 kg. The female ones are smaller and lighter. Silver Pheasants, Siamese Firebacks, King Pheasants, Swinhoe Pheasants, Gold Pheasants and the pheasant-like Temminck-Tragopan can be watched close up in the park.

Hauskaninchen und Hausmeerschweinchen
Hauskaninchen und HausmeerschweinchenHauskaninchen und Hausmeerschweinchen

House rabbits and Guinea pigs

ou cannot take away the house rabbits and Guinea Pigs, though most of the children would like to do so. But it is allowed to stroke and feed them.
The European wild rabbit is the archetype of all the other house rabbits, introduced to many places around the world where they are raised and kept.
In the Peruvian Empire of the Incas the Guinea Pigs served as a pet and a sacrificial animal. In the 16th Century Spanish conquerors did not only bring the gold of the Incas to Europa, but also the Guinea Pig. Today it is the children’s favorite and often their first own pet.

Raccoons
Raccoons

Raccoons

The raccoons originate from North America. Since the middle of the last Century they feel at home also on the European mainland. Raccoons are nocturnal predators and omnivores. They mostly live in the waters-rich deciduous and mixed forests. Two of the raccoon’s most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its face mask. Captive raccoons have been known to live for more than 20 years. However, the species’ life expectancy in the wild is only 1.8 to 3.1 years, depending on the local conditions in terms of traffic volume and hunting.

Damhirsche

Fallow deer

The fallow deer are a middle-sized buck, much smaller than an elk and a little bit smaller than a red deer. Adult bucks have a shoulder height of 1.10 cm and a weight of nearby 125 kg. Only bucks have antlers, which fall off every year. The antlers of the Fallow deer bucks are broad and shovel-shaped.

Mufflons

Mouflon

Small and wild, so you can call the mouflon, being the smallest wild sheep in Europe. Mouflons have disappeared for a long time. They only lived on the Isles of Corsica and Sardinian. In the meanwhile mouflons have been introduced into Germany.
Mouflons have red-brown, short-haired coats with dark back-stripes and light-colored saddle patches. The males are horned; some females are horned while others are polled. After 10 years the horns of mature rams are curved in almost one full revolution (up to 85 cm).

Small sika deer (Japanese deer)

Small sika deer (Japanese deer)

The Japanese deer are one of the Sika’s subspecies. Five of them are deemed to be endangered. Sikas can be found in Northern China, Manchuria and Japan. They adapt the living and environmental conditions very well, even in an enclosure.

Emus

Emus

Emus are non-flying running birds from Australia. They can reach up to 190 cm in height and 45 kg in weight. The male becomes broody after his mate starts laying, and begins to incubate the eggs. Incubation takes 56 days. When the eggs hatch, the male continues to guard the chicks. During this period the emu males can be very aggressive.

Nandus

Greater Rhea (Nandu)

The Greater Rhea is a flightless bird in South America and looks like the African ostrich. With his long and strong legs he can run at a speed of 60 km/h. The Nandu’s diet is varied: he feeds on seed, roots, grass and leaves, but also small animals like locusts and mollusks will not be rejected.

Strauße

Ostriches

The Ostrich is the biggest bird species on earth. Male ostriches can reach a height of 2.5 m and a weight of 135 kg. Their eyes are said to be the largest of any land vertebrate: 50 mm in diameter. It can therefore perceive predators at a great distance. Africa’s giant plain and desert regions are the non-flying bird’s preferred home regions. The only predators the Ostrich must face are lions and leopards. But Ostriches are capable of resisting even their largest enemies, the lions. Their feet with the dangerous claws can be deadly weapons.

Hängebauchschweine

Potbellied Pigs

The potbellied pigs look like pugs, with quite a lot of wrinkles in its face. The name derives from its belly hanging to the ground. The potbellied pig is a breed of domesticated pig originating in Vietnam.

Rotwild

Red Deers

The red deer or better red stack is one of the largest deer species in Central Europe. You can see it in its appetite. A red stack can eat between 8 and 20 kg of green fodder in one day. The males are characterized by their mighty antlers which are shed each year in April. In the course of 140 days, the new antlers will develop. Some male red deer can reach a weight of 150 kg before the period of rutting. Reproduction and the fight for its hinds are very hard. A loss of weight up to 25% is not a rarity.

Ibex
Ibex
Ibex

Ibex

The Alpine ibex owes its surviving to highly royal grace; otherwise in 1820 it had been wiped out. Victor Emanuel, the Italian king, put a protection order on the last ibex. Outside this population ibex were gradually resettled, so that today the ibex are once again resident in the Alps.
Ibex are animals of mountain habitats. They are very agile and hardy, able to climb on bare rock. The male ibex’ horn can reach a length of one meter and a weight of 15 kg. Even the goats, the female ibex, have horns, but smaller and lighter ones. Ibex are ruminants, enjoying herbs, buds and softwoods.

Wildschweine
Wildschweine

Wild boars

The wild boar is, besides the red deer, the biggest wild living animal in Central Europe. Since wolves, lynx and brown bears are very seldom in free nature, the wild boar is practically without any natural enemy, so it only has to fear man. Smelling man, it disappears quickly in thickets. That’s why you hardly meet any wild boar in free nature, even though, in Germany the number of the animals has strongly increased during the last couple of years.

Brown bears
Brown bears
Brown bears

Brown bears

The brown bear is one of the Earth’s biggest predators. It plays a big role in lots of myths and legends and has been regarded as a threat to man in many places, why the bear has been hunted down and nearly exterminated in many parts of the world. Western and Middle Europe only host relic populations. In the German speaking parts of Europe there is only one permanent group of brown bears living in Austria. A few animals are migrating from time to time.

Uhus

Eagle-owls

The Eagle-owl is the biggest local owl species, being double the size of other owls. Male birds reach a height between 63 and 68 cm, female birds even between 67 and 73 cm. With spans between 160 and 170 cm, the birds are very impressive creatures.

Wapitis

Wapitis

Wapiti, in North America more commonly known as elk, is the combined term for the North American subspecies of the red deer. Sometimes, some Eastern Asian species are included by the term wapiti as well. Many wapitis are bigger than their European relative. In the stag family, only elks are bigger. The term wapiti is of Shawnee-Indian origin and describes the animal’s white rear.