Zoo: Approval Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Zoos are permanent facilities where animals of wild species are kept for display for a period of at least seven days a year.

Do not consider zoo:

  • Circus
  • Animal shops,
  • enclosures for the keeping of no more than five native species of shellfish,
  • Facilities where no more than 20 animals of other wild species are kept.

The establishment, extension, operation and substantial modification of zoos require the approval of the competent nature conservation authority. The permit shall be granted for certain installations and certain operators and shall set a maximum number for the animal population of each species.

Documents may be required. Please contact the appropriate body.


For more information, please visit the pages of the

  • Tiere im Zoo - Informationen des Niedersächsischen Ministeriums für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz

Related Links

  • Gesetz über Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege (BNatSchG)
  • Niedersächsisches Ausführungsgesetz zum Bundesnaturschutzgesetz (NAGBNatSchG)

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