Leipzig Zoo owns its origin to the restaurant owner Ernst Pinkert who in 1878 created a small zoological garden near the restaurant. Soon it turned out that, thanks to such marketing move, the traffic of visitors had considerably grown. Little by little the zoo grew larger, and in 1920 Leipzig magistrates took over its maintenance.
Today it is one of Europe's biggest zoos that boasts the world's biggest primate division («Pongoland») and the largest aquarium in the Old World.
Over 850 species of animals leave here, and thanks to its grandeur and the variety Leipzig Zoo is often called “a zoo of the future”. Its main attraction is the multitude of cafes where one can try the cuisine from the most distant corners of the earth.