The first week of April has been full of spring sun and cheerful bustling.
Pheasants weave shallow nests of straw in the shelters. Coatis and sand cats can stay in the outdoor enclosure throughout the night now, Azara’s agoutis as well as red river hogs and warthogs enjoy the sun, but still spend the nights in the warmth of indoors. Striped hyenas lounge under the bushes, grey seals and the gaur bull are working out to get in shape for summer. Watch the video about the zoo animals’ spring activities here.
On Sunday, pygmy hippos Holger and Pupa were let outdoors to greet the spring sun for the first time. The pelican chick, who has grown a lot, toddles around in the courtyard of the waterfowl house, but has not braved the pond yet.
The boardwalk through the area of waterfowl ponds is now open for the guests, but the bird food dispensers do not work due to the threat of bird flu and feeding the birds at the zoo is strictly prohibited.
In the ungulates house, more kids are born to domestic goats and Dutch pygmy goats every day. The first small and almost transparent babies of giant African snails, who live in the pachyderm house, had hatched by Monday morning. In the tropical house, the rainbow crab moulted on Sunday. At the moment, the shell can still be seen next to the crab, but it will soon eat it.
Flocks of common crane fly calling over the zoo. At a low altitude, but firmly towards the north. On Tuesday night, the toads started to migrate from the winter hibernation sites on the Fox Hill to the spawning grounds on the waterfowl ponds. The first of the amphibians who had hibernated in the basement of the pachyderm house have also been helped outside.
On April 1, the African pygmy hedgehog died of old age in the pachyderm house.
The zoo staff is conducting routine parasite control and trimming the hooves of ungulates.