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His­tor­i­cal narrative

The mon­u­men­tal entrance to Rot­ter­dam Zoo in the ‘Van Aerssen­laan’ is restored in its for­mer glory. The entrance is part of the big pic­ture of the Zoo as designed in 1939 by archi­tect Sybold van 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.

The Zoo will also get back its famous tower, sup­pos­edly. 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.


about zoos and their mis­sion regard­ing breed­ing endan­gered species, nature con­ser­va­tion, bio­di­ver­sity and edu­ca­tion, which of course relates to the evo­lu­tion of species.
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