About the Bern Animal Park
The Bern Animal Park is the public zoo of the city of Bern. It is a local recreational and educational area and offers children and adults many opportunities to experience nature. The Bern Animal Park consists of the zoo in the Dählhölzli forest – affectionately known as “Dählhölzli” by the Bernese – and the BearPark, which is spatially separated from the rest of the zoo.
For years, animal welfare has been given top priority. Wild animals can live out a large part of their natural behaviour here in sections of their habitats. The enclosures are spacious, structured in a way that is appropriate for the animals, furnished in a natural way and carefully maintained.
The zoo consists of an area open to the public with facilities along the Aare and a section open to the public where Nordic-European and exotic animal species live.
The zoo imparts knowledge about the animals and their threat due to habitat destruction and contributes to biodiversity.
Organisation and finances
The Bern Animal Park is the zoo of the city of Bern, the federal capital of Switzerland, and consists of the Dählhölzli Zoo and the BearPark in the centre of the city.
In 1873, the foundations were laid for a small deer park, which has grown to become one of the most attractive in Switzerland.
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The commitment of the international zoo community saves many animal species from extinction.
Work in the zoo
An animal’s bright future! Vacancies are advertised in Amtsanzeiger Bern and on the City of Bern’s job portal.