Hard times for the Zoo (1937)
Due to changes in legislation the "Zoologischer Garten" were dissolved as a public company. The City of Wuppertal took over the Zoo and has been the owner ever since.
During the war the authorities ordered the animals to be shot or to be sent to other zoos for their protection, as was the case for the lions. Others were slaughtered in the turmoil during the last days of the war, were divided among the zookeepers or lost because of plundering. The Zoo was only slightly damaged by bombing. However, various enclosures, animal houses and especially the rock formations, as well as the walls surrounding the Zoo were affected. The Zoo's doors reopened only a few days after the war ended.