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Cologne Zoological Garden - Germany

The Aktiengesellschaft Cologne Zoological Garden is the zoo of Cologne, Germany. It features over 7,000 animals of more than 700 species on more than 20 hectares. The internationally renowned zoo with an attached aquarium and invertebrate exhibit has an emphasis on primates such as bonobos and lemurs, and is active in preservational breeding of animals that are in danger of becoming extinct. In addition, in-the-wild conservation efforts and research focussing on animals of Madagascar, the Wallacea, and Vietnam are actively promoted and supported via cooperation with Cologne University and local projects, such as in the case of Przewalski's Horses.The zoo was founded in 1860. The world wars led to a phase of stagnation, and the zoo had to close for two years entirely, after virtually being destroyed in World War II. It reopened in 1947; the aquarium was added in 1971. In 1985, the large primate house, one of the main attractions, was opened. Today, the zoo also features a free-flight rainforest hall with free-ranging birds and reptiles opened in 2000, and as the latest addition a large elephant park.Dian Fossey detailed in Chapter Five of her book Gorillas in the Mist how in separate 1969 incidents, two baby gorillas were taken from their families for exhibits at the Cologne Zoological Garden, resulting in over 20 wild, endangered mountain gorillas being killed. Adult gorillas will fight to the death to protect an infant's life; therefore, to extract the infant gorillas, hired poachers killed two entire families, or troops. The zoo was able to bribe the wildlife park conservator by offering him compensation including a free trip to Germany. Fossey herself nursed the infants, Coco and Pucker, back to health, before they were seized by the park conservator and shipped to the Cologne Zoo. Coco and Pucker lived a short 10 years in captivity and then died within one month of each other at the Cologne Zoo. Fossey became more determined after the incidents to combat poaching around her Karisoke Research Center.

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666 yd - Hotel Viktoria

Hotel Viktoria is conveniently located in the popular Cologne City Center area. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. Room service, shops, laundry serviRead morece/dry cleaning, elevator, business center are there for guest's enjoyment. Designed for comfort, guestrooms offer desk, television, shower, non smoking rooms, air conditioning to ensure a restful night. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. For reliable service and professional staff, Hotel Viktoria caters to your needs.Hide

1,033 yd - Park Inn by Radisson Köln Belfortstraße

Located in Cologne City Center, Park Inn by Radisson Koeln Belfortstrasse is a perfect starting point from which to explore Cologne. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed Read moreto provide comfort and convenience. Meeting facilities, disabled facilities, safety deposit boxes, Wi-Fi in public areas, room service are just some of the facilities on offer. Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and convenient amenities like desk, internet access – wireless (charges apply), television, complimentary bottled water, shower. Take a break from a long day and make use of indoor pool, gym, spa, sauna. Park Inn by Radisson Koeln Belfortstrasse combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Cologne unforgettable.Hide

1,053 yd - Park Inn Cologne Belfortstrasse

The Park Inn K�ln Belfortstrasse is a contemporary property located north of the K�ln Cathedral in K�ln, Germany. This hotel stands along the River Rhine, one kilometer from the city center. Hotel FeRead moreatures. On site dining options include Quirinal, where American style breakfasts and a selection of local and international dishes are prepared in a modern setting. The hotel's alternative dining option is Cons�lchen, an informal English style pub known for serving wide variety of regional and international fare. Seven event rooms and two boardrooms accommodate events. Business amenities include fax and photocopy services. Wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas of the hotel. Leisure activities include swimming in the indoor pool, exercising in the fully equipped fitness room, or relaxing in the sauna. This smoke free property features a 24 hour front desk. Reception staff offers concierge and currency exchange services. Additional hotel amenities include transportation to and from Cologne Bonn Konrad Airport, parking (surcharge), and express check in/check out services. This six story hotel features 128 air conditioned guestrooms that include cable television, direct dial telephones and minibars. Modern furnishings and neutral color schemes are accented with brightly hued fabric accents. Guestroom configurations include either shared or private bathrooms. Select bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and bathroom scales. Wireless and dial up Internet access is available in all accommodations. Pets are accepted. Expert Tip. This property is ideally located in the historic district of K�ln. All 12 Roman K�lner churches, the magnificent Dom and the renowned city center museums are positioned within a short distance of this property. Hide

1,060 yd - Jugendherberge Köln Riehl

Stop at Jugendherberge Koln Riehl City Hostel to discover the wonders of Cologne. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. Service-mindeRead mored staff will welcome and guide you at the Jugendherberge Koln Riehl City Hostel. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Jugendherberge Koln Riehl City Hostel is an excellent choice from which to explore Cologne or to simply relax and rejuvenate.Hide

1,063 yd - Park Inn Koln Belfortstrasse

Located north-east, 5 minutes by car distance from the city center, this hotel at Belfortstrasse 9 is the ideal pied-à-terre to take advantage of all the wonders of Cologne, whether for a few days or Read morefor a longer stay.Of a Budget category, the Park Inn Koln Belfortstrasse has all the comforts such as : n.a..You can reach Köln/Bonn in 31 minutes by car (the airport is 9 miles from the hotel).This hotel is part of the T2 chain.Other useful information:Stadtgarten (1 miles), Volksgarten (2 miles) are just a few feet away.Hide

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