Hellabrunn Zoo is a 40 hectare zoological garden in Munich. The zoo is situated on the right bank of the river Isar, in the southern part of Munich. Founded in 1911, Hellabrunn is not a zoo in the classical sense. It is more of a nature preserve within the landscape conservation area of the Isar meadows inhabited by animals that live in especially large, structured enclosures. Thanks to an extensive array of ditches and a natural landscape design, the visitor can enjoy unobstructed view of animals that could normally only be obtained on safari. Open from April to September 9am – 6pm and October to March 9am – 5pm.