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Children curious about the wild boars that have been visiting Aukamm Housing at night can see them up close at Wildpark “Alte Fasanerie” in Hanau’s Klein-Auheim.

Discover European wildlife at Hanau zoo Story and photos by Karl Weisel

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pringtime is a great time to visit the Wildpark “Alte Fasanerie” in Hanau’s Klein-Auheim. Home to a range of European wildlife, visitors will discover several young additions to the various “families” in the park including wild boar piglets, kids, fawns and other creatures large and small. Among the highlights are lynxes, Nordic wolves and European bison. A short ride down Autobahn 3 from Wiesbaden to Hanau, the park is set in a wooded area just south of Steinheim and across the river from Hanau. It was originally founded as a hunting preserve by Mainz Archbishop Lothar Franz von Schönborn in 1710 and today serves as a protected area for a wide variety of animals now or once native to the area. As feeding time approaches near one fenced-in area, wolves begin to drift in from among the trees. Nearby in another forested enclosure, lynxes pace over well-worn paths keeping a close watch over visitors near their fence boundary. Youngsters will enjoy feeding the tamer residents. Animal feed is

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available for €1 a bag, and visitors are invited to get to know the deer, goats and mountain cattle — but signs warn not to get too close to the wild boars. The park also features a wild game demonstration during the warmer months starting in spring. Visitors can observe eagles, hawks, owls and other wild birds as they retrieve objects and perch on their trainer’s shoulder for a close-up photo opportunity. A small forestry museum and picnic tables are also situated in the Wildpark. A restaurant just outside the main entrance, a former hunting lodge, features various dishes and a beer garden in warmer weather. Among the newer features of the park is a rope course (for an additional fee) where visitors can test their fear of heights while navigating a host of ladders, rope climbs and swings. The Wildpark is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through September and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 to Oct. 31 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 to March 14. Entrance is €5 for adults, €3 for children age 4-14. A family ticket costs €14 for two adults and children. Dogs and bikes are not allowed in the park.

A lynx walks down rocks in a natural habitat at Wildpark “Alte Fasanerie” in Hanau’s Klein-Auheim. Photo left: An owl surveys its surroundings at the Wildpark. Visitors can also feed goats and see foxes, wolves, Nordic Wolves, deer and a variety of birds including eagles, hawks and other wild birds at the park. Visitors can also use a new rope course installed at the park. The park is located in the wooded area near Klein-Auheim. Signs directing visitors to the parking area just outside the front entrance lead drivers from B-43a, about a half a

kilometer north of the Hanau exit off of Autobahn 3. For more information about the park visit www.erlebnis-wildpark. de.

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The Herald Union is a bi-weekly English language newspaper serving the Wiesbaden Military Community based at Clay Kaserne, commenly known as...

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The Herald Union is a bi-weekly English language newspaper serving the Wiesbaden Military Community based at Clay Kaserne, commenly known as...