Around 15 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by tropical and subtropical plains known as savannahs. They are one of the planet’s largest and most important habitats. The Tierpark now has its very own African Savannah, giving herds of Grévy’s zebras, white-bearded wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelles approximately 40,000 m² of varied landscape in which to roam. Great white pelicans dip their beaks in the waterholes while majestic giraffes carefully pluck leaves from high branches. One particularly special feature of the Savannah is the 120-metre-long giraffe trail with its eight-metre-long suspension bridge, where visitors can have a face-to-face encounter with the tall, graceful creatures.
Why do zebras have stripes? Why do millions of wildebeest embark on a long journey every year? How does a giraffe researcher spend her day out in the field? An accompanying interactive exhibition provides insights into the savannah as a habitat and makes visitors more aware of the importance of biodiversity.
The animal residents here are: