The East’s answer to the West’s Zoologischer Garten, the Tierpark has long been an institution in the city. In the GDR, the park was already enormous, and it is still being expanded today. Approximately 7 500 animals of 900 different species are kept in the enclosures and exhibits across the 160-hectare gardens. The small palace on the grounds, built in 1695 and previously used as a stable, can be visited. Today, it belongs to the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin. The Tierpark is home to some rare specimens like the endangered Sumatran Tiger and African elephants, which have been successfully bred in captivity here.