Heinz Heck

Heinz Heck ( born January 22, 1894 in Berlin, † March 5, 1982 in Munich) was a biologist and director of the zoo in Munich.


Heinz Heck came on 22 January 1894 as the fourth child of the Berlin zoo director Privy Ludwig Heck and his wife Margaret, born Nauwerk, to the world. He was from 1927 to 1969 Director of Animal Hellabrunn in Munich. He built the reconstruction of the zoo in 1927 in the Isarauen the first Geo - Zoo in the world.

He and his brother, Lutz Heck are mainly known for their attempts to breed out of them than was originally considered livestock breeds, which should resemble the extinct ancestral forms. Today Heck cattle goes back to the experiments of Heinz Heck, the animals his brother were lost. Also, the rear horse goes back to those tests, and emerged from breeds such as the Konik horses or Iceland. In 1934, he campaigned for the successful reintroduction of the Alpine ibex at Berchtesgaden.

A is transmitted in the time of National Socialism title of professor is said to have rejected the stern. Unlike most of his colleagues, and despite the system close to his brother, Lutz Heck Heinz also should never have been a member of the NSDAP. Heinz Heck went blind at the age completely. He died on 5 March 1982.


  • Guide through the Hellabrunn, 1955
  • Elephant and earthworm: animal stories. German Taschenbuch Verlag, Munich 1979, ISBN 3423025212