Welcome to Canada - Yukon Bay in Hannover opened
A fantastic underwater world in a body of a ship, an old gold mine and typically coloured Canadian timber houses – with the theme world "Yukon Bay" the Hannover Zoo has one attraction more. After a total construction time of 30 months the theme world opened to the public on 22nd of May, 2010. The structural and steel construction works were done by the consortium Heinrich Rohlfing GmbH and Wilhelm Scheidt.
The new theme world allows a special kind of animal watching, zoo manager Klaus-Michael Machens says. Heart of the with high standards reproduced animal and cultural world of the Yukon Teritories, Canada, is the stranded freighter „Yukon Queen“. In the body of the ship a big underwater world opens and gives through vertical, inclined and overhead glass panes panorama views on arctic animals. Transverse bulkheads build the main construction of the ship. Therefore bend ribs were used to form the ship’s body.
The 22,000 m² of Yukon Bay designed by Pearlman Architects, Berlin, provide a new home for over 100 animals. 15 species are represented, under it polar bears, penguins, wolves, caribous, sea bears and seals. For the about 35 millions project 1,200 tonnes of steel in the harbour basin and ship, 13,000 m² of cliffs modelled by hand, 18,000 trees and shrubs, 200 tonnes of stone have been needed amongst others.