Zoology Department

This is responsible for around 9,000 animals of over 1,000 species at Wilhelma. There are over 110 mammal species, 200 species of birds, almost 450 species of fish, 190 invertebrate animal species, as well as 80 species of reptiles and 35 species of amphibians. In addition there are the so-called arthropods, like insects, crustaceans and spiders. The animals are divided over 18 stations, including the clinic for sick animals and the quarantine station.

Wilhelma takes part in breeding programmes of EAZA, the European Association of Zoos. At the moment 51 animal species are being cared for at Wilhelma as part of a European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), with breeding in mind to save the species in question.

Wilhelma also regularly takes part in so-called EAZA Campaigns. These are projects initiated by EAZA to protect nature and the species, and centre on a different endangered species each year. The first EAZA Campaign, in the year 2000, was chiefly organized and conceived by Wilhelma (The Bushmeat Campaign).

The academic staff of the department, the veterinary surgeon and the curators are all members of European experts' commissions, take part in international studies and exchange data about endangered animal species.

To this department there belong: a veterinary surgeon, four graduate biologists, a forestry expert, 90 animal keepers and 12 trainees.