KlimaTag at Cologne Zoo: Climate education for young and old alike

In 2017, “KlimaTag” will be held at Cologne Zoo for the fourth time and is the only event of its kind to take place at a German zoo. At more than 20 stalls and with guided tours, hands-on activities and a climate-themed quiz trail, children and adults will discover how much fun climate protection can be. The various animal species in the zoo are good examples of the importance of the topic.

On an average Sunday in the summer, up to 8,000 children and adults visit Cologne Zoo. On “KlimaTag”, alongside educational information relating to the environment, nature and species conservation, the zoo will be providing its visitors with the opportunity to learn about climate protection.

Engine for progress:

  • Climate protection education over a broad range of topics
  • Reaches many people – in terms of both content and emotions
  • Presentation opportunity for regional initiatives
  • Role model for other zoos

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Photo: Detlef Karbe

The “Cologne saves CO2” initiative presents climate protection ideas from famous Cologne residents on a line of bunting.

Participation from a wide range of Cologne-based organisations

The occasion has now become a regular feature of the event programme in Cologne’s sustainability scene. Numerous partners from the region take part with their own stands, give tips and suggestions and invite visitors to get involved. The City of Cologne and municipal companies, as well as nature conservation organisations and action groups from civil society will be involved. Participants will include initiatives such as the German environmental association NABU, North Rhine-Westphalia’s consumer association as well as food sharing and urban gardening projects. Contributors will provide information about the sustainable use of energy and food, preventing waste, upcycling and transport. The KlimaTag is a good opportunity for the companies and groups taking part to interact with each other and network.

The zoo is an ideal place for children and adults to learn. For example, visitors can find out why the musk ox has problems when it rains, whereas he is ideally protected against snow, or why climate change is having an impact on Humboldt penguins, even though they don’t live in the Antarctic. In addition to raising awareness and informing people about the connections between climate protection and the animal world, visitors can also discover what individual contribution they can make to protect the climate.

Foto: Rolf Schlosser

As a centre for the conservation of nature and species, Cologne Zoo considers it one of its responsibilities to promote a sustainable approach to energy and other resources. At the same time, our animals deliver the message to everyone that they should live sustainably and protect the environment.

Professor Theo B. Pagel, Zoo Director

Partners and sponsors

  • Klimakreis Köln
  • RheinEnergie