The Alpenzoo is dedicated to four main tasks:
Education & Information
Education and awareness are essential to conservation. Education can also be fun which is why we at the Alpenzoo offer our visitors a wide range of activities aimed at increasing awareness in a relaxing and fun atmosphere. You can get to know our animals just by watching them. If you want to learn more about them you can take part in our informal education programs or participate in our outdoor „Zoo School“. Take your family to the zoo. You may be surprised at how exiting nature can be.
The Alpenzoo maintains its own registered association – The „Forschungs- und Lehrinstitut“. This association not only supervises diploma projects, it also conducts research on a variety of biological topics including animal behaviour, environmental enrichment and animal health, thereby contributing significantly to the Alpenzoo´s mission of conservation, animal welfare and breeding. The „Forschungs- und Lehrinstitut“ also facilitates the collaboration and cooperation with Austrian and international universities.
The conservation of wild animals and their natural habitats are fundamental to the mission of the zoo community in a world where intact environment becomes more and more rare. This mission is maintained by breeding programs, public education and research, animal welfare and the participation in conservation in situ activities. Furthermore quite a number of Endangered Species Programs (EEP) and European studbooks (ESB) have been built up which help to manage species spread between different zoos as a self-sustaining population. This is important for species that are very close to extinction in the wild, and provides an “insurance” population. Zoos can also supply individuals for well coordinated re-introduction projects in National Parks, protected areas and/or in still intact environment.
- co-ordinates the Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) EEP
- participates the EEP´s of the Otter (Lutra lutra), the European Bison (Bison bonasus), the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) and the Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
- is part of the ESB of the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), European Lynx (Lynx lynx), European Brown bear (Ursus arctos sp.)
- takes part in release projects of the Ibex (Capra ibex), European Wildcat (Felis silvestris), Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), alpine grouses and owls
- shelters and cares for injured wild animals
A day at the Alpenzoo is a day of adventure and discovery for young and old. Watch the tiny harvest mouse climbing or the colourful alpine fish in the aquarium. Enjoy first hand the playful antics of our diving and swimming expert, the otter. You can listen to the "chrup" calls of the Northern Bald Ibis, the sweet song of the nightingale and every time the church bells of Innsbruck ring our wolves start to howl.
Visit our animals at the show farm and enjoy them at close range. If you want to you can compare your arm span with the wing span of the Bearded Vulture or climb the climbing wall to „Geierwally´s Eagle Nest“. „Bear Playground“ will give your children a chance to wear themselves out, after all it takes a lot of courage to explore the Bear Cave and the wolf´s den.
We offer a special children´s birthday tour upon enquiry.