On Sunday at noon, the birthday party of the Amur leopard Darla takes place. Stories about Amur leopards are told by the enclosure, children can make leopard masks, and the profits of the charity cake and souvenir sale will be donated to the protection of Amur leopards in the wild. All the zoo visitors can enter a lottery to win a beautiful potted plant by the gardening centre Hortes. The lottery tickets are handed out at the ticket office along with the zoo tickets and should be placed in the lottery box by the Amur leopard enclosure. The event is organised with the help of volunteers.
A box to collect deposit-subjected packaging, which was made by Vineerimaailm, Leon Foto, and volunteers, was placed by the Environmental Education Centre. By putting your deposit-subjected bottle or can into the box, you help the zoo to support the protection of endangered species in the wild.
Although the typical Estonian spring weather prevails, the exotic grazers of the zoo have already started calving. Last Friday, a kid of Barbary sheep and a milu calf were born, rock cavy gave birth on Saturday, and a Transcaspian urial on Monday. By the end of the week, there were altogether six kids in the Barbary sheep enclosure, another milu calf and two Transcaspian urial kids had been born. Watch the videos “Barbary sheep kids” and “Milu calf“.
Tawny owls have started laying eggs. Two Elliot’s pheasant chicken have laid altogether nine eggs, which were placed in the incubator, as well as an egg of the great white pelicans. The two eggs of the Steller’s sea-eagles, who gave up hatching in their camera-equipped nest last week, were also taken to the incubator.
The couple of blue-and-yellow macaws, who live in the tropical house, picked open the entrance to their nest box, and are actively decorating the nest now. Watch the video “The blue-and-yellow macaws waiting for the spring“. In the species protection research lab, seven European mink couples have already mated.
On Tuesday evening, the Asian lion Tori, who was on loan to Riga Zoo, arrived back home in Tallinn. With her, a female laughing kookaburra came to join a male already living in Tallinn Zoo.
This week, two interesting seminars took place in the Environmental Education Centre – the workshops are primarily meant for the zoo staff and guides, but also anyone else interested. On Monday, the zoo semiotic Laura Kiiroja talked about improving the well-being of the animals in Tallinn Zoo. On Wednesday, the seminar „How to Design a Zoo?“, at which internationally renowned zoo designers Jon Coe (Australia) and Monika Fiby (Austria) talked about their experiences, was held.