Grzimek, Bernhard

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Grzimek, Bernhard Gender: M
Bernhard Klemens Maria Hoffbauer Pius Grzimek
born on 24 April 1909 at 00:15 (= 12:15 AM )
Place Neisse, Germany, 50n28, 17e20
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 03°08' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 23°09 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 05°25'


Silesian-German zoo director, zoologist, book author, editor, and animal conservationist in postwar West-Germany.

After studying veterinary medicine in 1928, first at Leipzig and later in Berlin, Grzimek received his doctorate in 1933. He married Hildegard Prüfer on May 17, 1930 and had three sons: Rochus, Michael, and an adopted son, Thomas.

Grzimek was director of the Frankfurt Zoological Garden for 29 years, 1 May 1945 - 30 April 1974. In 1954 he founded the image agency Okapia, specialized in animals and nature.

Grzimek is most famous for the work he undertook for the conservation of the Serengeti. He spent several years studying the wildlife there along with his son Michael, especially on areal observation and counts of large scale annual migrations. In 1959 Michael was killed in an air crash. Bernhard Grzimek's best-selling book called Serengeti Shall Not Die appealed enormously to the public and was key in driving the creation of the Serengeti National Park.

Grzimek was the editor-in-chief of (and author of a number of articles in) a massive and monumental encyclopedia of animal life. After publication in Germany in 1968, Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia was translated into English and published in 1975 in 13 volumes (covering lower life forms, insects and other invertebrates, fish, amphibia, reptiles, birds and mammals) plus three additional volumes on Ecology, Ethology and Evolution.

Grzimek died in Frankfurt am Main on March 13, 1987, falling asleep while watching a circus performance with a group of children.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Der Mann, der die Tiere liebte: Bernhard Grzimek; Biografie" by Claudia Sewig (Lübbe, 2009), p. 12: "An einem bedeckten, leicht regnerischen Sonnabend kommt Bernhard Grzimek am 24. April 1909 als jüngstes von sechs Geschwistern in Neisse zur Welt. »Der Justizrat, Rechtsanwalt und Notar Paulfranz Grzimek, wohnhaft in Neisse, Breslauerstrasse 24/25 (...) zeigte an, dass von der Margarete genannt Margot Grzimek (...) in seiner Wohnung am 24. April des Jahres tausendneunhundertundneun, vormittags um zwölf einviertel Uhr ein Knabe geboren worden sei und dass das Kind die Vornamen Bernhard Klemens Maria Hoffbauer Pius erhalten habe.« So steht es in der Geburtsurkunde, die sechs Tage später auf dem Standesamt in Neisse ausgestellt wird."

[Translation: In Neisse, on an overcast, slightly rainy Saturday, Bernhard Grzimek comes into the world on 24 April 1909, the youngest of six siblings. "The Judicial Council, Lawyer and Notary Paul Franz Grzimek, residing in Neisse, at Breslauer Street no. 24/25 ( ... ) stated that to Margaret/Margot Grzimek (...) in his apartment, on the 24th of April of the year nineteen hundred and nine, at quarter past twelve o'clock in the morning, was born a boy named Bernhard Klemens Maria Hoff Bauer Pius." This is written on the birth certificate, which six days later was filed at the registry office in Neisse.]


  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Zoologist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Encyclopedia of animal life)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Outdoor vocations (Animal conservationist)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Other Vocation Misc. (Zoo director)