Hellabrunn Zoo (Tierpark Hellabrunn) is a 36-hectare zoological garden in the Bavarian capital of Munich. The zoo is placed on the right bank of the river Isar, in the southern part of Munich. It was designed by architect Emanuel von Seidl, and opened to the public on August 1, 1911. Eleven years later, in 1922, the zoo was closed due to the inflation in Germany. It was re-opened in 1928, and became the first "Geo Zoo" in the world - the animals live with other species of the same geographic region in complex communities. Hellabrunn is home to over 17,000 animals representing more than 700 species.

The Jungle House, where chimpanzees and gorillas are kept at, opened in 2001. Gorillas' enclosure has an outdoor prairie and a big indoor house where gorillas are kept during cold days in which gorillas cannot stay outside. Apart from the big size, the indoor house is characterized by its roof, which is built of glass and which allows plenty sun light.

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Photos © A.J. Haverkamp

Münich zoo keeps currently a group of 6 gorillas:









Family Tree (Genealogical Chart): 

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