You always have to be calm and quiet in the zoo?
And you can always only read signs if you want to know more about the animals?
Not with us!

It is much more exciting to discover new things in a playful way and to romp around in one of our numerous playgrounds. And playing is not only great fun for children. Because of that  there is a variety of play options in the Görlitz Nature Conservation Zoo in which one can practically learn more about the animals' skills, the dangers in the life of animals and of course their habitats.

 

A total of over 100 nature show games provide plenty of entertainment and learning opportunities!

For example, you can playfully go on adventurous hikes, learn how antennas report treats and who fills their pockets with pollen. There is knocking, fishing and puzzling on the avenue of beeches.  The woodpecker fishes the fattest delicacies from the burrows of beetles and ants with its super tongue. You can find out how hard it is with the woodpecker's tongue game.

It is a big high wire act not to touch the ropes on the stork meadow. The ropes represent high-voltage lines which are  dangerous for the storks in real life. Feeding the storks is really fun. The best thing is to provide them with the food from their favourite restaurant which is the wet meadow. On days off, you can search the fields for food. But if you feed him what the roadside offers, then ... but not everything is revealed here!

 

Themed playgrounds

Bamboo playground

Right next to the Red Pandas' enclosure there is the bamboo playground. Thanks to a donation from the Rotarier Club Görlitz and Lions Clubs a large plateau was built that now offers you a wonderful overview of its grounds and a dry schelter on rainy days.

Bamboo is their mainsource of food. Since it is very low in nutrients they have to eat large amounts of it - lucky for them it grows extremely quickly! For example, the giant bamboo can grow up to 70 cm a day.

Bamboo is a very strong material as well. You can test that yourself on this playground. It is even more tear-resistant than steel and is increasingly used as a building material and in the industry. It is used from toothbrushes to bicycle frames.

We have also discovered the bamboo for ourselves and work with sustainable bamboo cups in the food box .

spider playground

Not only marmots live on the large festival meadow in the zoo. A lot of smaller animals also crawl around unnoticed. They do not live in an enclosure but they are still very interesting! The spider playground is dedicated to them.

You can try out in our spider web how strenuous it is to climb up and down. The family of golden orb-weaver spiders is of course well adapted to this but still does not want to be disturbed in their web. Among them are our native cross spiders. Some of them form colonies and even build spider webs together!

The hood web also points to a special group: cobweb spiders are a separate family within the golden orb-weaver spiders. They can be recognized by their round, spherical abdomen and the usually thin, long legs.

If you have climbed and played enough you can go searching on your own and find out who lives in the dense grass!