Forty ninth week
Visitors got to enjoy the polar bear after party last Sunday. Friends of the Zoo brought the polar bears Nord and Nora plastic barrels as gifts for their birthdays. Wrestling, throwing, drowning and carrying the barrels seemed to be extremely entertaining for the bear. You can check out the video here.
One of the terrariums in the Elephant house was refurnished and the elderly, 24-year-old yellow anaconda female moved in. Tropical house’s loudest inhabitants, the blue-and-yellow macaws are old enough to start their independent lives and the parent’s enclosure has to be prepared for upcoming offspring.
Results are back for the blood tests to check the genders of birds. All the great white pelicans, Siberian cranes and golden eagles hatched this year turned out to be male. One of the hatched steppe eagles is male and another one is female. Both blue-and-yellow macaws are female as well as the Northern hawk-owls hatched on the Hawk mountain. Two Cape-eagle owls were donated to the zoo last year as a pair and it turns out both of them were male.
Canada and greylag geese were moved to the front bird pond for the winter. The pond crossing bridge won’t be closed until it’s snowing.
Environmental Education Center has enjoyed Christmas since the end of November as party guests participate in handicraft workshops, find out how the animals live in winter and what does Christmas mean for pet animals.
We encourage everyone to check out the Zoo Souvenir Shop as well when looking for Christmas gifts. Whether it’s the Zoo’s own honey, calendar, snow leopard shirt or a tie with animal prints on it everyone can find suitable and pleasant gifts.