The hunting grounds of Elector Moritz von Sachsen wereat the place of the Moritzburg nature reserve in the middle of the XVI century.A century later, the next Elector built a stone wall around these possessions.Its remnants have survived till now. Later the habitats of bears and wolves werealso surrounded by walls and the land began to be used for demonstrationpurposes.
The guests of MoritzburgCastle were expected to see the luxury possession of the Elector - both man-madeand natural. Diplomats and heads of other states were occasionally allowed tohunt here. By the end of the XIX century, a zoo had opened there. Presently, about200 animals of 30 species- wolves, does, deer, otters, wild boars and other faunatypical for these places –live at the reserve. There is also a bird sanctuarywith hawks and pheasants, aviary of pets, ant trail with four large ant nestsand a rope park.