In Brief: Zoo Berlin celebrates its 175th birthday

The Zoo Berlin - the oldest zoo in Germany - celebrated its 175th birthday with a special cake, 175 cm tall. They're also keeping their doors open 175 minutes later than usual on Friday.

Photo (c) Zoo Berlin

 

 

Zoo Berlin is celebrating its 175th birthday.

The Zoo’s claim to fame is being the oldest in Germany – and the ninth oldest in the world. When they opened back in 1844, they had about 100 animals. Now there are about 20,000.

Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Müller congratulated the zoo on reaching this milestone. He said that it’s great to have the zoo and that it continues to excite so many Berliners and tourists.

Photo credit Zoo Berlin

The Zoo celebrated on Thursday with a huge cake (175 cm tall). Müller was in attendance for the jubilee alongside mayors from the last few decades, including Eberhard Diepgen, Walter Momper and Klaus Wowereit.

On Friday, the Berlin Zoo will be open until 9:25 p.m., 175 minutes later than usual.

 

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A new study from the Paritätische Gesamtverband finds the gap between the richest and poorest families in Germany is widening. The study from the association, which strives for social equality, compared available data from 2003 and 2013.

The most recent numbers found the poorest 10% of families can afford to spend a monthly 364 euros per child whereas the richest 10% of families spend an average of 1,200 euros.

One of the study’s authors, Dr. Andreas Aust, said the findings are worrying.

“We have to take care of each and every child,” Aust said, adding it’s “not acceptable” to leave behind so many children and young adults.

He said money should be redistributed to people in need, and change needs to happen through policy.

 

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