Children’s zoo

In the children’s zoo, humans and animals meet up close. The dwarf goat enclosure in the children’s zoo can be accessed via a ladder. Guests are also allowed to pet the goats. However, this can sometimes be too much for the animals. In this case, the dwarf goats can retreat to their climbing rock and keep a little distance from the visitors.

Nahaufnahme von einem Alpaka

Depending on the time of day, the dwarf donkeys and minipigs also roam the entire children’s zoo among the guests. Every now and then they stop curiously and then trot on. The animals in the children’s zoo are used to the proximity of the guests, but here too respectful behaviour towards the animals has top priority.

Nahaufnahme von mehreren Meerschweinchen
Guinea pigs in the children's zoo

Our Lewitzer ponies, an old pony breed from eastern Germany, need demanding activities. Full of joy, they regularly pull the carriage with guests through the Dählhölzli forest.

Lewitzer pony in the children's zoo

Working in the children’s zoo

Would you like to help prepare food and feed the animals at Dählhölzli or help out with other tasks? The Children’s Zoo Pass entitles you to work at the zoo for six months.

Dwarf donkey in the children's zoo
Two girls help with animal care at the children's zoo

Frequently asked questions about the children’s zoo

How much does the Children’s zoo Pass cost?

The annual pass is available for CHF 90, the half-year pass costs CHF 45.

How old do I have to be to help out at the children’s zoo?

To work in the children’s zoo, you should be at least 11 years old and have a children’s zoo pass.

Before buying a pass, you must complete a taster afternoon.

For more information, please call us at +41 31 321 15 17.

Why am I not allowed to feed the animals in the children’s zoo?

Please do not feed!

Visitors who feed the animals prevent a controlled, species-appropriate diet and endanger the health of our animals.

Logo vom Verein zooschweiz
Logo der European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
Logo vom Verband der Zoologischen Gärten
Logo der World Association of Zoos and Aquariums