New facilities

New facilities

To keep up with advances in zoo biology, the best zoos continually renovate their facilities. Knie’s Kinderzoo in Rapperswil is proud to be a modern zoo that never delays making the necessary improvements to its facilities.

We are pleased to announce the completion of the largest project in the history of Knie’s Kinderzoo, the new 6,500 square metre elephant park including a pan-Asian lodge (featuring dining facilities with seating for around 300 guests operating all year long). The project was launched during the 2103 season and will be completed in the spring of 2015. The old elephant facilities will be converted into habitats specially designed for the particular needs of our cheetah and penguin species.

For the first time, we are offering sponsorship opportunities for the new facilities. Please pick up a flyer about sponsorships at the main entrance. Thanks very much, we appreciate your support!

Himmapan elephant park

The unique new elephant park is a landmark in The history of Knie’s Kinderzoo. Wide open spaces, a spectacular elevated walkway and a restaurant resting on a six-metre high rock construction are just a few of the highlights – now your visit to Knie’s Kinderzoo will be even more extraordinary and unforgettable than ever.

Make way for the penguins and cheetahs!

In a few years, the Asian elephants will move into a complex of facilities built specially for them. By that time, the old elephant facilities that have been their home since 1999 will have been converted into two new zoo habitats. Knie’s Kinderzoo plans to build a centrally located botanical area with vegetation that evokes the ecosystem of dry savannah. The entire facility will be constructed to emulate an African (tropical) grassland environment. Right next to it will be a section of landscape resembling the Pacific coast of Chile. The Knie family's goal is to create two habitat environments that meet the particular needs of a colony of Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) and southern cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus). Due to the extremely challenging nature of this project, expert professionals including the zoo director, an architect, a curator and a landscape architect are already engaged in meticulously selecting the proper plants. In addition, they are working to acquire the individual animals from stocks produced exclusively by coordinated and monitored conservation breeding. (KM)

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