Timeline – history – development

1962
Whitsuntide, 10 June, the brothers Fredy and Rolf Knie, senior (fifth generation) open Knie’s Kinderzoo. The architect is Wolfgang Behles.

1963
15 February, first birth of an Asian elephant in Switzerland.

1965
19 June, arrival of the dolphins Sindbad and Skipper. These are the first trained dolphins from Florida ever to be shown in an inland European country.
4 August, birth of the second "Knie elephant," the female elephant Madura.

1970
On 25 July, the first permanent dolphinarium featuring an 800,000-litre pool opens at Knie’s Kinderzoo.

1972
The dolphinarium is furnished with a roof.

1975
30 July, the first birth of a dolphin in an inland country. The mother is Mitzi. The baby dolphin is named Rappi by young dolphin fans in Switzerland.

1976

Record year in the history of Knie’s Kinderzoo. The number of visitors totals 399,331.

1985
24 May, a third elephant is born at Knie Children's Zoo. Lohimi remains in the children's zoo for three years before going on a first tour around Switzerland in 1988.

Timeline of the history of Knie’s Kinderzoo  (PDF)

Read the complete history of Knie’s Kinderzoo in Rapperswil (1962 to 2015)