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Facts and Figures

Founding year

1957 

Surface

approx. 5,000 m²

Zoo Director

Dr. Michael Mitic

Employees

More than 100 employees now work in the Haus des Meeres.

Animal species

Around 600 different animal species and over 10,000 animals

Visitor numbers

In 2019, we were able to achieve a record attendance of just over 650,000 visitors.

Concept

As a zoo, the Haus des Meeres is an educational institution that aims to provide visitors with knowledge of the diversity of the animal kingdom and to offer insights into biological and ecological relationships including their associated ethical values.
Animal-friendly husbandry and the best possible care for our animals is a defining quality feature of our house. The quality, environmental, energy, occupational safety and fire protection policy is bound by the legal guidelines as well as the needs of our animals, employees and guests. The presentation of our activities, taking into account the well-being of our animals, is determined primarily by the visitors. It is our aim to be successful in compliance with all internal and external rules, to offer our visitors and guests a great experience, and to ensure a professional and pleasant working environment.

Projects since 2000

2000

Opening of the Tropical Area

2002

Opening of the “Native Fish” department (ground floor)

2003

Category A zoo classification

2004

Opening of the breeding and quarantine station (floor 6)

2007

Founding of the Zoo Ltd
Opening of Puppi’s tank
Opening of the terrace (floor 9)
Opening of the poster exhibition “The Mysterious History of the Flak Towers – A Documentation of the Construction and Use of the Air-raid Defense Structures”
Opening of Krokipark
Opening of Café Sharky
Opening of the large entrance hall with a souvenir shop

2009

Opening “Erinnern im Inneren” (“Remembering Inside”)
Opening of the “Native Fish” department (floor 6)
Milestone: Animals on all floors

2011

Extension of external staircase
Opening of the surf reef
Opening of the deep-sea aquarium & giant spider crabs

2012

Opening of the grotto/stalactite cave

2013

Opening of the anaconda terrarium
Opening of the Ocean'sky 
Opening of the roof extension 
Opening of the hammerhead-shark tank 

2015

Opening of Pacific Eye
Takeover and adaptation of the tower

2016

Opening of the nibbler fish tank
Opening of the Atlantic Tunnel

2017

Awarded the Vienna Tourism Prize 2017

2018

Opening of the New Mediterranean department

2019

Partial opening of the extension to our building
Opening of the coral fish department
Completion of the green facade 

2020

Opening of the Komodo and Madagascar plants
New opening of 360° OCEAN SKY with direct access via panorama elevator

2021

Opening of marine protection exhibition “Wir und das Meer” (“We and the Sea”)
Opening of the 360° shark tank

2022

Opening of the Australia World of Experience 

If you would like to learn more about the history of the Haus des Meeres, read up here: