The seven questions most often asked at Wilhelma:
Sorry, but the answer is: no. A lot of dogs would frighten our animals, many of which have never been used to hearing dogs barking in their natural habitats.
At the main entrance there are dog kennels, which can be rented of charge. If you feel you cannot leave your four-footed friend there, then you must unfortunately plan your visit without your dog.
You can take photos of anything at Wilhelma for your own private use. Should you wish to use your pictures for commercial reasons, you must seek the permission of the Administration Office. It is possible to gain permission for such reasons, but this must be applied for in each individual case, stating in detail exactly to what use the photos are to be put.
We have nothing against you putting photos onto a private Internet site, as long as this has no pornographic, sadistic, discriminating, political or radical contents of any kind. There should always be a mention of the fact that the photos were taken at Wilhelma, however, and this must also be mentioned if the photos are taken over and otherwise made public.
Our animal stock-list is only of limited use for the layman. If you would like to have a general survey of our animals, we recommend the Wilhelma Guide Book.
In our Wilhelma Guide Book, all the animals that live at Wilhelma are listed and for the main part also described. We would be pleased to send you the Guide Book – but this is only possible on prior payment. Please transfer the sum of € 5.50 (price of the Guide Book € 3.50 plus € 2 package and posting) to our account (at the Deutsche Bundesbank bank, account Nr. 600 015 17, bank number (BLZ) 600 000 00), with the remark "Wilhelma Guide". Please let us know the address to which the Guide Book should be sent. As soon as the sum is credited to our account the Guide Book will be posted to you.
You can of course also buy the Guide Book at our ticket offices.
For reasons of health and hygiene, as well as for safety reasons, only our animal keepers can have contact with the apes and monkeys. The animals do not have the same immune system as we humans, and could otherwise be infected with all sorts of contagious human diseases. On the other hand, the animals can also infect humans with various illnesses. For this reason only immunized keepers are allowed into the areas where these animals are kept.
One must also not forget that the Wilhelma animals are wild creatures and not domestic ones. Thus their reactions cannot be foreseen, and also their sheer size and inborn aggressiveness can prove a danger to humans.
Stroking animals at Wilhelma is only allowed in the specially designated area at the Demonstration Farm. Apart from this, there is also the possibility of booking one of our "Animal Meeting Programmes".
The name "Wilhelma" dates back to King Wilhelm I of Württemberg, who had Wilhelma built in the so-called "Moorish style" as a private retreat. The king did not take to the name "el Wilhelmie", suggested by the orientalist Ewald from the University of Tübingen, so the name "Wilhelma" was adopted in 1845. This name, together with King Wilhelm's motto, "Auf Gott vertraue ich und handle treu" ("I trust in God and act loyally") were transcribed in Arabic letters and hewn in stone above the entrances and in the covered walkway of the Moorish Garden, where they can still be seen today.
Within certain limits it is possible to hold special events at Wilhelma. You will find more information on this under "Rooms for Special Events".
Some open-air areas can also be rented in the summer under certain circumstances.
The landlords of the Wilhelma restaurants, Schüler Gastronomie Company, also have offers for special celebrations (cf. also Restaurant or www.schuler-gastronomie.de).