Summer’s Day at the Munich Zoo (Tierpark Hellabrunn)

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This post was originally published on July 16, 2014 and updated on July 2, 2019.

Today I’m sharing some photos I took at the Munich Zoo a couple of weeks ago. The Hellabrunn Tierpark and founded in 1911 and has a hella-cool name. It was the first zoo to construct habitats for the animals instead of just cages. It’s a pretty large zoo and is like strolling through a pleasant park with lots of trees and benches. Bonus: there were lots of animal babies!

Orangutan having fun:

North America was represented:

And farm animals:


An Eggs-hibit:

Baby elephant loves his ball:

I was photobombed by the brown goat when trying to take a picture of the white one – seriously, he wouldn’t leave!

Until I took this one:

I’ve never seen Guinea pigs in a zoo before – there were hundreds of them in an intricate habitat. They even had their own Maypole:

The zoo is built on either side of a canal of the Isar River:


Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (I looked it up):

Dancing ostrich:


The zoo stars are the baby polar bear twins. Unfortunately for me and my camera, it was a hot day and the cubs were sleeping:

Mom was overcome by heat, too:

Armored rhino munching:

What is THAT??? The sign said “bearded warthog” – indeed!

Requisite zebras:

The zoo also has lots of playgrounds for children and a tooth-jarring hanging bridge I made the mistake of crossing between two groups of teenagers.

Also at the zoo were an aquarium, reptile house, big cat habitat, camels and many other exhibits. And a real Biergarten, of course.

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