Leipzig's Zoological Garden is one of the oldest in the world. In 1877-78, it began its existence as the private zoo of Ernst Pinkert, who rented the property on Pfaffendorfer Street. Since 1920, the Zoo has been owned by the City of Leipzig. At the time of its founding, the Zoo comprised only 2 hectares (4.9 acres), but today comprises 23.2 hectares (53 acres).
The Zoo is located in close proximity to the city centre and at the edge of the large lowland forest belt upon which Leipzig was built. Thanks to its numerous representative animal habitats, the Zoo is an enjoyable and educational place to visit at any time of the year.
Gondwanaland, a tropical adventure exhibit, provides a touch of tropical atmosphere in the middle of Leipzig. In the 16,500 m2 (177,604 sq. ft.) of the exhibition more than 17,000 different plants and about 300 different animals can be viewed. Gondwanaland is home to many species, including Germany's only Komodo dragon. The 2.30 metre (7.5 ft.) long male is one of only about 4,000 remaining members of this endangered species.
There are many ways to discover the various species of plants and animals awaiting you as you explore this primeval forest setting. Stroll past the windows of the underwater exhibit, cross the rope bridges in the tree tops, descend to the depths of the rain forest, and you'll get a glimpse of the impressive world that is Gondwanaland. A special highlight is the boat ride across the jungle river Gamanil. In the building, you will also find food stands, a shop, a cloakroom and a cashier's station. Gondwanaland has become a very popular rainy-day alternative.
Admittance to Gondwanaland is included in the Zoo ticket.