The spring is coming in long strides, the hazel is blossoming, and the yet leafless forest is full of birdsong. The waterfowls on the zoo’s ponds are taking baths and preening their feathers. Red river hogs and warthogs of African origin can enjoy ever longer walks outdoors. In the tropical house, the blue-and-yellow macaw Arik can be caught stamping in a dance, spreading its wings, and making noise to attract attention. In the pachyderm house, it is well worth looking for the small glass window next to the naked mole-rat enclosure, behind which the African giant snails laid about 50 yellowish-greenish eggs on Monday.
The male Sichuan blue sheep who are approaching maturity were moved from the family group to the bachelor group of the Alpinarium, where altogether 13 blue sheep rams with curling horns will now figure out the hierarchy.
The Zoo’s minivan has embarked upon a journey to take a young male Nubian ibex and 20 striped mice to their new homes. The ibex will move to Magdeburg Zoo in Germany, the striped mice to Basel in Switzerland.
The branches of maple, horse chestnut, willow, birch, and fruit trees brought to the zoo by landscaping companies make a nice variety in the zoo animals’ diet.
The first week of spring has been eventful in the zoo. On the spring equinox, March 20, the spring will walk along the town with the good friends of Kodulinna Maja (Hometown House) and reaches the zoo at 14:29 to capture the spring moods with Mati Kaal.
On Wednesday, it is worthwhile to keep an eye on the seal pool: the International Seal Day is celebrated, talks on seals are held, and the guests can feed the zoo’s grey seals Lielu and Lätipoiss.
In the second half of the week, on Thursday and Friday, the first two-day nature culture seminar on nature protection areas, organised in a series by the Zoo and the Department of Semiotics of the University of Tartu, takes place in the Environmental Education Centre.