Gavelled paths lead past exhibits in a garden-like setting in Salzburg's zoo, located in Hellbrunn in the Salzburg Süd district. About 300 years old, it is the oldest zoo in the world. Its semi-open pens let you get remarkably close to the animals, which make up a fine collection from all corners of the globe. The exhibits, which try to recreate natural habitats, bring together diverse animals and plant life in harmonious settings. A recently developed 'African Savannah' houses rhinoceros, antelopes and guinea-fowl in a single integrated exhibit. There are also exhibits of American flora and fauna, including bears and lynx, chamois, groundhogs and river otters. Special attention has been paid to accessibility for handicapped individuals. The zoo is also child-friendly, with free wagons, available near the gift shop, to provide rides for youngsters. There is a petting zoo where children can feed the animals. During August, the zoo is open Friday and Saturday nights until 11 p.m., so you can experience the nocturnal routines of the animals.
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