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The monumental entrance to Rotterdam Zoo in the 'Van Aerssenlaan' will be restored in its former glory. The entrance is part of the big picture of the Zoo as designed in 1939 by architect Sybold of Ravesteyn. Within the architect's oeuvre the Zoo is the most important, preserved work – in size and overall concept – in the flamboyant, ornamental style as developed by him.

Last year (2008) the Zoo was designated a National Monument. The restoration is an initiative of the 'Volkskracht' Historic Landmarks Foundation which funds and executes the project in consultation with the Zoo. Architect Cees Rouw supervises the project. Autumn 2009 the work commenced and the restoration is expected to be completed in the course of 2010.

The Rotterdam Zoo will also get back its famous tower. The FIBS Council Committee, led by Chairman Metin Çelik (PvdA), in 2007 submitted a motion to reserve EUR 4.5 million for the rebuilding of the demolished tower, which took place in 1972, and the restoration of the Rivièrahal.

Full history account: to be added

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

Tiger range countries map


"Tiger map" (CC BY 2.5) by Sanderson et al., 2006.


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