Zoo Krefeld

African Plain

Discoveries in the savannah

Take a safari without the long journey to Africa: located in the middle of the Krefeld Zoo, just behind the rhinoceros and elephant enclosure, a wide African plain opens before the eyes of the visitor. With its 1.5 hectares it provides a section of savannah landscape where southern African animals can be observed at close range. Waterbuck, scimitar-horned oryx and blue neck ostrich live together, just as they do in the wild. The visitor can view zebras in the adjacent enclosure. There are several interesting explanations about the origin of their distinctive stripes, you can learn more on a guided tour.

In Brief

  • Construction: Mid 1960s
  • Area: 15,000 m²
  • Waterbucks, blue neck ostriches, scimitar-horned oryx (current), impalas and gemsboks (planned)
  • Ostriches are allowed to breed naturally
  • Planned African savannah: First construction phase with stables for antelopes and ostriches (2014) and the expansion of the rhinoceros enclosure in 2015

The journey to the new African savannah passes through several construction phases. Beginning of 2014 marked the completion of a modern stable complex for antelopes and ostriches. Summer 2015 should complete another step with the enlargement of the rhinoceros enclosure and its integration into the savannah system.

The imposing ostriches - the world's largest living birds - usually incubate their eggs on the Africa plains of the Krefeld Zoo, just as they do in the wild. This is something special, as young ostriches usually hatch in incubators on ostrich farms where the eggs are taken away from the parent animals shortly after being laid. Ostriches are often found in the savannah together with hoofed animals, where they assume the role of watchmen. With their long necks they tower over the other animals and can earlier detect enemies.