The Lange Erlen Zoo has been an institution in Kleinbasel since 1871 and is a popular attraction in the region's most important recreational area. What first began with two black swans from faraway Australia developed into a park that for a long time was mainly home to various species of deer and roe deer as well as native birds. In the meantime, the focus has shifted to native species and since 2007, old farm animals from the Pro Specie Rara Foundation have also been integrated into an extended area of the park.

The park is home to wild boar and foxes, the two most common mammals in our forests. However, the latter, like the park's heraldic animal, the red deer, are rarely visible. A large pond in the centre of the park is home to a variety of water birds: geese, ducks, coots and black swans. Storks breed on several nests and raise their young. Particularly exciting are the capuchin monkeys, which are housed right next to the administration building and kiosk. Native songbirds and birds of prey such as the little owl, eagle owl and scops owl live in aviaries. The eastern part of the park is home to the rare native farm animal species, such as woolly pigs, Graubünden jet goats or Appenzeller barthuhn.

The zoo is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March to October and until 5 p.m. from November to February. Admission is free. There is a wide range of activities for children: on Sunday afternoons between 2.45 and 4.15 p.m. there is a pony ride, a roundabout invites you to take a ride and a playground has been set up next to the restaurant.


There is a small kiosk with tables and chairs in the grounds of the zoo. There are picnic areas in the landscape park and the restaurant "PARK Lange Erlen" (outside the zoo area) invites its guests to stay. Riehen also offers various other shopping facilities and restaurants.

Other greenbelt sites in the vicinity 

Bird Sanctuary Lange Erlen


Landscape park Wiese

Further information

Here you will find further information from our partner on the topics 'Tawny Owl/ Little Owl/ Barn Owl', 'Zoological Gardens' and the Lange Erlen area.


  • Bike tour, Culture, Excursion with animals, Excursion with children, Playground, Walk

  • Bicycle, Car, Public transport

  • Food must be brought along, Kiosk / Café, Picnic area, Restaurant, Shopping facilities nearby

  • Amphibians, Animal Park / Zoo, Birds, Fishes, Insects, Reptiles, Waters

  • Buggies, Families, Groups (< 10 persons), Groups (> 10 persons), Pets, School classes, Walkers, Wheelchair


Getting here is very easy, especially by public transport. Cars can be parked directly at the Lange Erlen car park or at the Badischer Bahnhof railway station. The zoo can also be planned as a destination for a bicycle tour through the Wieseebene and the Lange Erlen.

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