One of the more exciting things about living in Bielefeld (which still isn’t terribly exciting, in the traditional sense of the word) is the Tierpark. What exactly is a Tierpark? How is it different from a zoo? I’ve had Germans explain it to me quite clearly, and other Germans ask *me* what the difference is between a Tierpark and a Zoo. Basically, a zoo tends to have more exotic species, while Tierparks have animals that would be found in the area anyway.
It’s free and it’s open 365 days a year. By some standards, the Tierpark is more convenient than say, the grocery store or the Apotheke. Here are some photos from a recent visit, which happened to coincide with the last hurrah of warm autumn.