(pia) During the eight-year tenure of Director Manfred Niekisch, Frankfurt Zoo has developed into a modern nature and species protection centre. The magistrate of the city of Frankfurt has now extended the term of office for the active zoo director by one year.
„I am very pleased that zoo director Manfred Niekisch will continue to push the zoo and its development for another year“, says Ina Hartwig, head of the Department of Culture and Science. „Many projects were initiated and realized by Manfred Niekisch. The most recent project is the construction of a new penguin outdoor facility - the prepared construction work has just begun. Two weeks after I took office, Manfred Niekisch and I presented the plans for the construction of the new Penguin complex, which I look forward to opening in 2018. The Zoo's strong motto, "Experience animals - preserve nature", is Niekisch lives with skin and hair. The Zoo's motto is "Experience animals - preserve nature". He tirelessly promotes nature and species conservation worldwide and is driving the expansion of the zoo forward: opening of the Borgori Forest ape house in 2008, opening of the Gibbon House in 2009, opening of the facility for howler monkeys and spectacled bears Ukumari-Land with new entrance area in 2013, opening of the quarantine station in 2014, starting signal for the new construction of the Penguin Facility in 2016. “I still have a lot of ideas for the zoo“, says Niekisch, “it burns under my nails to continue working and to implement the visions that I have worked out with my team.“
Not least due to the trend-setting new buildings of recent years, the zoo has changed into a modern nature and species protection centre. The fact that this development is appreciated by the general public is proven by the visitor numbers of approximately 900,000 per year. “The new construction of the penguin enclosure is another milestone on the way to a sustainable zoo with modern zoo animal husbandry and a sophisticated visitor service“, Hartwig and Niekisch agree.