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Visualisierung Flamingovoliere

New walk-in flamingo aviary

Our red flamingos are a vibrant symbol of our zoo and an attraction for many visitors. In preparation for the construction of the new orangutan house, the flamingos were moved to a new location, which not only enhances the well-being of the flamingos themselves, but also the visitor experience. The new enclosure was built on the site of the former water bird pond. As well as being accessible to visitors, it is more spacious and provides the birds with as natural a habitat as possible.

The modern flamingo facility covers a total area of 1,550 m² and is designed as a netted aviary. The facility’s water areas alone cover around 800 m². In the centre of this water landscape, there is a large island which offers plenty of sunshine as well as better breeding conditions for the flamingos. The existing tree stock was kept and incorporated into the new enclosure by a net construction tautened by pylons and steel cables.

Visitors can observe the flamingos from three bridges and a wooden viewing platform. The aviary is accessible via a double-door system from the petting zoo and the macaw aviary. The enclosure also includes a separate feeding pond as well as the breeding island. This means that the water that is dirtied by the flamingo pellets can be changed every day, thereby preventing unpleasant odours.

Our scarlet ibises and roseate spoonbills also moved into the new aviary alongside the red flamingos.

Snapshots of the work

Construction progress

Bauvorbereitungen für die begehbare Flamingovoliere
März 2020: Die Bauarbeiten haben begonnen.
Errichtung der Besucherschleusen
Juni 2020: Errichtung der Besucherschleusen
Die Plyonen und Netze werden errichtet
Juli: Die Pylonen und Netze werden errichtet

Preparation of foundations for the pylons and visitor bridges

Shell construction of the winter house

Installation of the roof for the winter house

Construction of the double-door system (visitor entrance/exit for the walk-in enclosure)

Erection of the pylons

Interior construction of the winter house

Creation of the large water area, raising of the breeding island and creation of the feeding pond

Construction of the visitor walkways and bridges

Creation and planting of the outdoor enclosure

Completion and clearance of the construction site

Moving in and acclimatisation of the flamingos, scarlet ibises and roseate spoonbills


The aviary residents

Alongside our red flamingos, two other species - scarlet ibises and roseate spoonbills - also took up residence in the new aviary. All of the animals have access to a shared winter house with an area of approximately 130 m². It contains uneven rubber flooring structured with elevations and depressions to imitate clay, sand and mud.

Facts about the flamingo aviary

Visualisierung des Lageplanes der neuen Flamingovoliere
Visualisierung des Lageplanes

Water area including islands: 795 m2

Water area including islands: 795 m2

Winter house: 130 m2

Net construction: 10 m at highest point (central pylon); eight outer pylons between 4 and 6 m high

Completed: October 2020

Cost: approx. € 1.6 m

Project delivery

Architecture: Heinle, Wischer und Partner Free Architects

Structural analysis: HJW Architects

Landscape architecture: Rehwaldt Landscape Architects

Design and visualisation: Heinle, Wischer und Partner Free Architects

Visualisierung der neuen Flamingovoliere
Visualisierung der neuen Flamingovoliere

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