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Frank­furt zoo is among the old­est in the world, hav­ing its ori­gins not in a menagerie, but was founded by cit­i­zens of the fast grow­ing city of Frank­furt. Already in the early 1850s, a small group of Frank­furt cit­i­zens seized on the idea of build­ing a zoo in the city. They organ­ised them­selves in the Frank­furt Zoo­log­i­cal Soci­ety and con­vinced the Frank­furt City Coun­cil in 1857 that Frank­furt shold have a zoo. An impor­tant medi­a­tor was philoso­pher Arthur Schopen­hauer. By that time, not much was known about wild ani­mal hus­bandry in Ger­many, as Berlin zoo was still quite small.

On 8 August 1858, Germany’s sec­ond zoo was opened by the zoo com­pany, pre­sent­ing 600 ani­mals. The first direc­tor was relieved of his duties after a few months, but then Dr. Max Schmidt, who had vis­ited most zoos of those days, was found the right man to serve for more than 25 years. The “test zoo” was not located on the site of the cur­rent zoo, but it was sited out­side the city on a 6.5 hectare plot of land just to the west of the Bock­en­heimer Tor on the Bock­en­heimer Landstrasse.

Full his­tory 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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