Basel Zoo
anniversary programme

Basel Zoo
celebrates its anniversary

Basel Zoo, popularly known as ‘Zolli’, is turning 150. 150 years of Basel Zoo means 150 years of conservation, recreation, research and education.

These four primary tasks of a scientifically run zoo are guiding all our anniversary activities, which will make 2024 at Basel Zoo something truly special. Each day offers a wide range of opportunities to get involved, listen, explore and enjoy.

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Overview of
all anniversary activities

150 years of
conservation

As an oasis for nature conservation, Basel Zoo supports projects to protect wild animals and their habitats across the globe. It is also involved in more than 40 international conservation and breeding programmes for endangered species. It promotes native animals and plants in the spaces between its enclosures.

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150 years of
recreation

As an oasis for recreation, Basel Zoo offers a natural park landscape with over 1,000 trees. It invites visitors to enjoy the beauty of nature at the heart of the city and observe animals from up close in a relaxed atmosphere.

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150 years of
research

As an oasis for research, Basel Zoo produces knowledge about wild animals and their habitats. It supports research projects at universities and other research institutes, as well as conducting its own research.

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150 years of
education

As an oasis for education, Basel Zoo brings people and animals closer together and inspires enthusiasm for fascinating nature. Thanks to a wide range of educational activities, it provides knowledge about the animals and their habitats and increases visitors’ awareness of threats to biodiversity.

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Current anniversary activities
at Basel Zoo

Every day of Basel Zoo's anniversary will offer something exciting and new. Want to know what is happening at Basel Zoo today? Just swipe! Have fun exploring.

Please note that all events will take place in German.

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Anniversary activities
every day

Everyday tales

Meet our zoo keepers as they tell you exciting everyday tales. At different times and in different places each day.

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Participatory Research

Become a researcher by getting involved in an ape research project. Scan the QR code by the outdoor enclosures. And off you go!

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Behind the scenes

Search for QR codes in inaccessible areas of Basel Zoo to take a peek behind the scenes thanks to entertaining videos.

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Travel through time
From late March 2024

Embark on a journey through time and dive into the past. You will discover exciting stories intertwined with personal memories.

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Conservation bench along the way
12 months – 12 projects!

Did you know that Basel Zoo supports projects to protect wild animals and their habitats across the globe?

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Basel Zoo takes to the region’s tracks and roads

To mark its 150th anniversary, Basel Zoo has created a Zolli tram and a Zolli bus in cooperation with the public transport operators Baselland Transport AG (BLT) and Basler Verkehrs-Betrieben (BVB).

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Basel Zoo says
‘Thank you’

Donations are our
foundation

We are only able to provide these exciting projects in our anniversary year thanks to the generous support of countless patrons, companies, foundations, regional lotteries, municipalities and the Basel Zoo Association of Friends.

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Support
Basel Zoo

Get involved in
‘your’ Basel Zoo

Follow the link to find out more about various ways to offer support.

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