RARE ANIMALS AT THE ALPINE ZOO
A mighty brown bear roams around its enclosure. A few paces away, otters swim and splash nimbly through the water and a bearded vulture looks down at visitors from high up in a tree. Food? No, don’t worry. It’s well fed and has found a safe haven in the Alpine Zoo. For the animals of the Alps are no less endangered than rare species from the savannah, jungle and desert. The Alpine Zoo does a great deal for the conservation of various species, providing a home for animals native to the mountains such as birds of prey, chamois and marmots. Visitors can observe these animals up close – a highlight for the entire family and also well worth a visit for adults!
WOLVES, EAGLES & WILDCATS
When the church bells ring in Innsbruck, the wolves at the Alpine Zoo howl along in unison. The graceful lynx remain calm in comparison except during the mating season in February when the males make noise to mark their territory. Nearby, a golden eagle stares off into the distance. These birds of prey are the largest in the Alps and have eyes that are three times stronger than those of humans. Did you know that this species was nearly wiped out in the 19th century? A fate it shares with other animals at the zoo, such as brown bears, wolves and bearded vultures. Some species have now recovered thanks to breeding programmes and reintroduction into the wild, including animals from the Alpine Zoo.
BABY ANIMALS AT THE ALPINE ZOO
Different animals from the Alpine Zoo have offspring every year. Most of the animals are born between April and June so summer is the best time to visit if you want to watch them jumping around and discovering the world. The ibex and chamois are particularly exciting to watch because their fawns jump around madly. In spring, you can see newly hatched birds. The farm animals in the visitor barn sometimes even have offspring in winter.
The Alpine Zoo is open year round – some of the animals, such as reptiles, amphibians and marmots, sleep though the winter but most are wide awake and just as interesting during the colder months.
VISIT THE ZOO ON FOUR WHEELS
Visitors who would find it difficult or impossible to explore the zoo on foot can easily reach even the highest enclosures on the HYPO Bärenmobile (Bearmobile). Advanced booking is required.
Exploring the zoo with a stroller
The paths around the Alpine Zoo are mostly paved and suitable for strollers but some are very steep and, therefore, only accessible on foot.
GETTING TO THE ZOO
The Alpine Zoo is nestled up against the Nordkette mountain range. Winding pathways link the enclosures and take visitors to many lovely spots. You can get to the open-air zoo on the Hungerburgbahn funicular, by car or on the “W” bus. It is also possible to walk from the centre of Innsbruck to the Alpine Zoo in about half an hour. We recommend taking public transport as there are only limited parking spaces available and these are subject to charges. The bus and the Hungerburgbahn funicular are both stress-free ways to access this great destination for the whole family.