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Cologne Zoo - Elephant House

The enormous Elephant House in Cologne Zoo houses the zoo's herd of Asian elephants.

Cologne Zoo - Elephant House
Toddy, 5 Jan 2008
    • Toddy
      The enormous Elephant House in Cologne Zoo houses the zoo's herd of Asian elephants.
    • kiang
      Saw a pic like this in izn and they compared it to a cathedral, you can see why.
    • Xerxes
      Thanks for sharing. It's a wonderfull stable ,and big too.
      Seeing this, I feel really sorry I haven't gotten to Cologne yet.
    • Toddy
      Cologne really is a great zoo, with many unique species, such as litlle blue penguin and douc langur. And as you can see, the elephant house is just great. The photo shows about half the space of their indoor stable, and the also have a large basin filled all the time, so they always have access to water. These elephants can easily spend their winters indoors in Cologne, even though they also have a large outdoo area.
    • mstickmanp
      wow, is this the biggest indoor elephant exhibit in europe?
    • aim_foliksta
      I visited Köln Zoo last year and this elephant house is really HUGE! The outdoor part is also very big. I saw three elephant babies.
    • reduakari
      From the photos and descriptions, this facility seems far superior to the much-hyped Copenhagen elephant exhibit, which seem barren and small by comparison.
    • mstickmanp
      Does anybody know the size of the elephant house? and outdoor exhibit?
    • Toddy
      @reduakari:" Far superior" is probably a bit over the line...

      I would say that Cologne Zoo outranks Copenhagen in the following:
      - More space indoors and outdoors.
      - Indoor pool.

      But Copenhagen beats Cologne in:
      - Soft substrate both indoors and outdoors.
      - Glass domes which provide lots of natural light inside.

      I, like you, prefer the elephant exhibit in Cologne Zoo, but I do not agree that it is "far superior". If only one could combine the two ;)

      @mstickmanp: I know that the whole Elefantenpark is 20.000 square meters.
    • reduakari
      I didn't realize Cologne did not have soft substrate indoors--they definitely loose points for that. Copenhagen's open roof structure is also very good.
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