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A Feast for the place of enjoyment

The wildlife Park Langenberg starts in a special year: 150 years Ago, on September 11. December, 1869, established the City Forester Carl Anton Ludwig von Orelli Foundation for the construction of the plant. A year later, the first, the entire Langenberg enclosing enclosure with deer, chamois, Red and fallow deer opened.

Today, there are 18 native species of animals inhabit it – including some that no longer live in Switzerland, in the wild – animal Park in the Sihltal. With around 80 hectares of it is in terms of area, Switzerland's largest.

poachers and überjagte forests

To plant it, however, the local Fauna and Flora. Of Orelli, very prudent, master Forester, was given the überjagten forests and the rampant poaching in the 19th century. Century to the receipt of the "beautiful and lively" forests around Zurich. He decided, of the population of the city of Zurich and the surroundings "a permanent place of enjoyment and a place of pilgrimage for those seeking Relaxation and Learning from all walks of life to provide near and far".

Of Orelli wished to the needy of the population, "a permanent place of enjoyment and a place of pilgrimage for Recreation, and Learning from all walks of life from near and far".

On 8. December 1868 raises the Forester with the cantonal administration, the question of whether or not the "forest district Langenberg, which would fit well with a wild garden" is available. The Zurich cantonal Council rejects this, however, followed by Orelli, in September self-stimulates to take over the costs for the construction of a wild garden, and a Foundation is founded.

The city Council of Zurich, the Directorate of the interior, and the Large, the city Council approved the project and granted the licence for the future use of the long mountain, as a wild garden. Also, the municipalities of Langnau am Albis and Adliswil pledged their support.

The founder of the wildlife Park Langenberg: the City Forester Carl Anton Ludwig von Orelli (image: archive of the city of Zurich)

The town of Forst, the master himself lived from 1873 in the "beautiful Chalet" on the crest of the long hill, the today, Of-Orelli-house he seat after his death, the city of Zurich as a summer and "rest home for their city fathers" bequeathed to.

From the man of Living of the hermits

From Orelli, was considered to be a good host, with urbane manners, but also had its peculiarities. After his wife, in 1852, after 16 years, had a marriage from divorce him, pulled the man back to Live more and more from society and became a hermit. He renounced the consumption of meat, his daily bath he took in Gonten along the stream bed of the wildlife Park. As for the night, a bear skin served him on the floor, instead of a pillow he used a wooden log.

On the 28. January 1890 dies of Orelli, to the consequences of a cold in his Chalet, at the age of 82 years. His ashes were interred at the entrance to the wildlife Park Langenberg, under a boulder.

The Park line of Orellis memory and his approach to use the Park for training and research purposes. The animal Park is a member of the Association Zooschweiz and other associations, scientifically led Zoos. He is much involved in the reintroduction project of the Przewalski's horses or Takhis, as they are called in Mongolia.

The Park is celebrating the anniversary with various special events held throughout the year, and the special exhibition "Wild we", the on 19. May starts. (Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 31.12.2018, 12:24 PM

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