Construction of the new Orangutan House
At last the starting signal has been given for the construction of a new house for our orangutans. At a total projected cost of € 17 million, it is the largest construction project in Dresden Zoo’s history. Following an intensive planning and consultation phase, our long-held wish to create a suitable enclosure that provides as natural a habitat as possible for our orangutans is finally taking shape.
Our current orangutan house does not meet the latest standards for modern and innovative animal accommodation. Despite the significant breeding successes that have been achieved with these endangered great apes and the devoted care of our keepers, urgent action is required to bring our enclosures up to current animal accommodation standards.
The new Orangutan House is being built not just for our older current residents, but primarily for future generations of orangutans. The most important innovation is in making the spatial design match the orangutans’ natural social structure. Enclosures will therefore be built to accommodate female orangutans and their young, with separate enclosures for solitary males.
Orangutans are native to South East Asia, where they dwell in the safety of the trees of the tropical rainforests. It was important to incorporate the orangutans’ native habitat into the design of their new facility, and the idea thus emerged to create an “indoor” outdoor enclosure. By building a circular protective structure around the outdoor enclosure, the animals will be better protected both against harsh weather conditions and noise. This will also enable the orangutans to make use of the outdoor enclosures for a greater proportion of the year. Despite being covered, priority was given to providing the possibility for the orangutans to see far and wide from within the enclosure. There was therefore an additional planning focus on the vertical design of the enclosure. With an overall height of 10 metres, the orangutans will be able to look out across the Zoo and Grand Garden from their observation points.
The future residents
In addition to the orangutans, other species native to South East Asia will also be moving into the new house: these include the Aldabra giant tortoises Hugo II, III and IV already resident in the Zoo, as well as completely new species such as the smooth-coated otter, which is rarely seen in zoos, and another attractive species of monkey from the langur group. It is envisaged that the new monkey species will be socialised with the orangutans. Various reptiles in their terrariums will also be moving into the new enclosure.
Three tropical landscape areas
The natural habitat of Dresden Zoo’s resident Sumatran orangutans is the tropical rainforest of Sumatra.
Besides the rainforest, tropical habitats also incorporate a variety of other landscapes. Different biotopes of the tropics will be presented in and around the new orangutan house. Visitors will be guided through three themed areas representing the different biotopes:
- the “Green jungle” with a view into the binturong enclosure, the “Green mountains and valleys beneath giant trees”
- the hilly outdoor enclosure of the orangutans and the river valley of the smooth-coated otters
- and the “Tropical beach” with a view into the giant tortoise enclosure.
Areas and costs
|Usable area||approx. 2,095 m²|
|Net floor area||approx. 3,440 m²|
|Gross floor area||approx. 4,164 m²|
|Gross building volume||approx. 21,173 m³|
|On-site infrastructure||approx. € 500,000|
|Building||approx. € 10,993,386|
|Outdoor enclosures||approx. € 10,993,386|
|Technology in outdoor enclosures||approx. € 656,425|
|Additional building costs||approx. € 2,749,862|
|Sum total||approx. € 16,993,386|
*As at: 15/09/2020
Financing and donations
The total sum of around € 17 million is being financed on the one hand by a loan and on the other by donations. Donations totalling € 246,000 have already been raised (as at 19 January 2021).
|Loan||€ 12 m|
|Dresden Zoo’s own resources||€ 12 m|
|Donations from Friends of Dresden Zoo||€ 500,000|
|Fundraising campaign||€ 1.5 m|
→ Pre-planning approval 05/2020
→ Design development 09/2020
→ Submission of planning permission application 10/2020
→ Planning permission approved 03/2021
→Start of construction 07/2021
→ Construction time approx. 26 months
→ Scheduled opening of Orangutan House 09/2023
Commissioned by: Zoo Dresden GmbH
Architecture: Heinle, Wischer und Partner Free Architects
Landscape architecture: Rehwaldt Landscape Architects
Building services planning: ILK Dresden
Structural planning: HJW + Partner
Our account details for your donation are as follows:
Zoo Dresden GmbH
IBAN DE66 8505 0300 0225 8174 38
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Payment reference: Orang-Haus
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