Tallinn Zoo is proud to announce that this March we have successfully hatched, in an incubator, two bearded vulture chicks! These two younglings are very important for the genetic diversity of their species. On April 4th the few weeks old chicks travelled by plane to Austria, whilst enjoying the comforts of the passenger cabin. There in Haringsee, they will join The Bearded Vulture European Endangered Species Programme and meet their new adoptive parents. More pictures, videos, and information about the journey can be found here in Estonian and here in English.
This weekend offered a great chance to partake in an animal sketching/painting workshop. Instructions were given by the students of Sándor Martin Stern Margot Kask and Kadri Roosi. This week (15.04-21.04) is the last week that visitors can enjoy the art exhibition of Stern and his students “Animals brought along” („Kaasa võetud loomad“) at the Environmental Education Centre.
The nice weather, feedings and the environmental enrichment for predators (Asian lions and polar bears) attracted over three thousand visitors last Sunday. The same activities can be observed for three more Sundays until the end of April. From May the attention will be focused on our raccoons and snow leopards.
Breeding period for our polar bear Friida has started which has put an end to the mother-son relationship as it is now time for Aron to be weaned. The 2,5-year-old Aron had to be moved to a separate enclosure to ensure his safety from Friida’s attempts to chase him away. And even though Aron does attempt to catch her attention by swimming back and forth in front of the pool window, Friida shows no interest in her now subadult son.
On Sunday during the environmental enrichment of polar bears, the sky was suddenly filled with migratory geese. After circling a while, a brave flock of lesser white-fronted gees settled down in the Père David’s deer enclosure. The rest flew on in search of other feeding grounds.
The Bactrian deer stag has shed his antlers and can now join the hinds enclosure. The black-necked crane has moved from his winter home to an outside enclosure near the tropical house. The Phasianidae have started laying eggs as have the Brent geese. Siberian cranes have begun to incubate. The common moorhen pair who spend their summer here has returned once again.
The two Kihnu lambs born in January received their ear tags. Our mandarin rat snake who suffers from heart muscle enlargement has been sent to the Estonian University of Life Sciences for further examination.