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Visitors Can Monkey Around at the Cologne Zoo

December 13, 2011 - 2:24am
Visitors Can Monkey Around at the Cologne Zoo
The Cologne Zoo is the oldest and largest zoological garden in all of Germany, and it is home to more than 10,000 different animals - making it a great destination for any animal lovers who plan to travel to Europe. The main attractions are the zoo's primates and elephants, but there are about 500 different species living at the zoo, so there's plenty to see.

Founded in 1860, the zoo retains much of its heritage, such as the menagerie built in the late 1800s and the Moorish-styled elephant house. When the former birdhouse grew outdated, the zoo keepers adapted it to be a part of the elephant house to keep tradition alive. This also expanded their elephant park to be the largest space for these giant creatures north of the Alps. Visitors can see the elephants, four of which are still just babies, perform with their trainers.

The Primeval Forest House is another sight not to be missed on Europe tours. Here, five different species of primates can be seen, including the douc langur monkey. Cologne has the only zoo Europe where this species resides.

Whether travelers want to see a piece of German history or just watch monkeys swing from trees, the Cologne Zoo has it all.