Many of Junhold’s suggestions for the zoo sound slightly bizarre at first. For example, in the late 1990s he came up with the idea of Gondwanaland – a huge jungle right in the middle of the city. “It was just a crazy dream to start with. We spent twelve years planning it and three and a half years building it. It was a real adventure in every sense,” says Junhold, smiling as he wanders through the lush tropical plant habitat. Around 100 animal species now inhabit Gondwanaland’s 16,500 square metres. Exotic plants flourish in the humid temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. So how do you go about getting an idea like this off the ground? “By thinking outside the box,” responds Junhold promptly. After the reunification of Germany, Junhold, a qualified veterinarian, worked in an American company for five years. “Their motto was ‘No limits!’ – it had a huge impact on me,” he says.