Visitor service

Opening hours Summer
The Zoo is open the entire year. 8.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. 8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
24.12. (Christmas Eve) und 31.12. (New Year's Eve)   8.30 a.m. - 12.00 a.m.
25.12. (Christmas Day)   closed

* Central European Summer Time (CEST) begins on the last Sunday in March. The winter (Central European Time, CET) begins on the last Sunday in October.


** Extended opening hours by good weather: Between Ascension Day in May and the end of the summer holidays the Zoo is open 30 minutes longer on Sundays and public holidays (until 6.30 p.m.).

Animal enclosures

The animal enclosures close
- in summer about 45 minutes before closing time (5.15 p.m.).
- in winter about 15 minutes before closing time (4.45 p.m.).

The aquarium closes
- in summer about 60 minutes before closing time (5.00 p.m.).
- in winter about 30 minutes before closing time (4.30 p.m.).

For internal reasons animal enclosures can be temporarily shut at any time. Please refer to the notice board at the respective enclosure.

Regular feeding times

Spectators can watch regular feeding of the Sea Lions, Penguins and Big Cats. For times please check the notice board at the entry of the Zoo.

Sea Lions 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. (except Wednesdays)
African Penguins 11.45 a.m. and 2.45 p.m. (except Fridays)
King Penguins 11.15 a.m. and 3.15 p.m. (except Fridays)
Big Cats (except Tuesdays)
Lions 4.30 p.m. (except Tuesdays)

For spectators changes to feeding times or cancellations of feedings are possible for internal reasons.  Please refer to the notice board at the respective animal enclosures.

Elephant care und Tapir bathing

Spectators can watch during the regular bathing times of the Tapirs. The Elephants receive daily training and body care. 

Wagons, Buggy's and wheelchairs

are available at the Zoo checkout. Buggy's and Small wagons are available for a rental fee of € 3.50 and a deposit of € 50.00. Wheelchairs are available free of charge. We advise making a telephone reservation for a wheelchair in advance (563-3600).

Toilets, disabled facilities and baby changing rooms

Toilets, disabled facilities and baby changing rooms can be found in various locations throughout the zoo. Please follow the signs!
Disabled facilities can be found in the toilets above the monkey house, at the new tiger enclosure and above the children’s playground (at the former Waldschänke café).
Baby changing rooms can be found in the toilets above the music shell stage by the circular flower bed and at the new tiger enclosure.

Children's playground

There is a children’s playground with a giant slide, tube slide, etc. close to the elephant enclosure, next to the micropigs.
There is a second playground below the “Okavango” zoo restaurant.
A new water park is planned in Tiger Valley for 2016.


The “Okavango” zoo restaurant is located next to the elephant enclosure. It is open all year round. The restaurant is able to cater to birthdays, children’s parties and other celebrations.
For more information, please call +49 (0)202 / 9465 8670 or email n.korten(at)
It is also possible to reserve the zoo restaurant for events outside of the zoo opening hours. Please contact CULINARIA for information on the different options. Zoo-Service GmbH operates the kiosks in Tiger Valley as well as at Flamingo Corner. Both kiosks are open daily from April to October and at the weekends in the winter. Hot and cold drinks, ice cream and small snacks are available.

Route maps and souvenirs

Route maps and Zoo guides are available at the checkout and the Zoo shop for a small fee.

Souvenirs and mementos such as Zoo calendars, post cards, stuffed animals, etc. can be bought at the Zoo shop at the entrance, or at the kiosk in the Valley of the Tigers (only on weekends and public holidays during the summer months).


Lost and found

Any items found can be handed in at the Zoo checkout.

Children's vehicles

Please note that for safety reasons, you are not allowed to bring bicycles, scooters or other children's vehicles as well as musical instruments, radios or balloons into the Zoo. Thank you for your understanding.

Dogs at the Zoo

Please note that dogs are not allowed into the Zoo. Thank you for understanding.

Photography at the Zoo

Photographs taken at the Zoo are allowed for private use. This also includes publication on private websites or on non-commercial photographic forums. If you publish photographs taken at the Wuppertal Zoo on the Internet, then these images should only be 72 dpi in minimum length so that illicit use by a third party can be ruled out.

All commercial usage of photographs taken at our Zoo requires authorisation from the Zoological Gardens. This also includes the use of photographs for sale offers on Internet platforms. We must be informed of photographs you intend to use for this purpose and, on a case-by-case basis, authorisation will be given. A standard fee of €20 per photograph will be charged for such authorisation. Authorisation is only valid and binding upon payment, and covers publication in the authorised manner only and not for further use by third parties.

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