Society of Supporters

Since its foundation in 1956, the society of supporters, "Society of Friends and Supporters of Wilhelma", has aimed at giving financial support to Wilhelma, with all its animals, plants and buildings. As a rule single projects are supported.

All this financial support is made possible by the yearly membership fees coming from members of the Society of Friends and Supporters and by donations otherwise collected.

Projects realized

  • Young Animal Rearing Facilities opened in 1982, sum financed: 1 million Euro
  • Enclosure for Bears and Mountain Animals, opened 1991, sum financed: 1.75 million Euro
  • Albert-Schöchle Amazon House, opened 2000, sum financed: 3.95 million Euro
  • Insectarium with Butterfly Hall, opened 2002, sum financed: € 1.2 million Euro

Since 2010 a new enclosure for African apes is under construction. Half of the costs - about 9,5 million Euro - is contributed by the Society of Friends and Supporters.

Benefits for Friends and Supporters

All members of the Society of Friends are offered the following:

  • Entrance to Wilhelma free of charge
  • A film or slide show once a month
  • A musical summer evening at Wilhelma once yearly
  • Excursions to interesting zoological and botanical places in Germany or abroad

By the end of 2013 the Society already had 29,000 members.

Membership fees (per calendar year)
Full member 70 €
Reduced rate for pensioners 55 €
Partner ticket 55 €
Children from 6 – 17 years of age 30 €
18 – 28 years of age
43 €
Family membership 155 €

Further information, in particular on membership, can be gained on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at

Tel.: ++49 (0)711 / 50 55 48 00

Fax.: ++49 (0)711 / 50 55 48 02