A distinctive element of the path comprises a “forest bower” situated on a natural rise above a pond, where a view was created through the forest stand to the zoological exhibits. This especially gives a great view of the lemur islands. Predominant among the trees on the pond bank is the common alder and, together with old specimens of the pussy willow, it casts a shadow on part of the water.
The Common alder (Alnus glutinosa) grows to a height of up to 35 m and lives approximately 100 years. It requires soil with a constant supply of water or muddy soil. It bears pollution relatively well and possesses high regenerative abilities. It is used in afforestation, for restoring soil, and for protecting banks of water courses.
The White willow (Salix alba) also grows on the banks of the ponds. It is a tree which grows up to 30 m high and lives approximately 100 years.
Several forest trails lead through the forest; it is up to you which one to choose. You will walk over a waterlogged section, then onto a dam between the ponds, and finally back to the animal path of the zoological exhibition.
A prominent tree in the crop of deciduous trees is the European larch (Larix decidua) which grows to a height of 20–50 m. Its durable timber is utilized in the furniture and construction industries.