Welcome to the Zoo blog

Here we present in exclusive interviews and entertaining reports exciting background stories and little curios from the animal kingdom. Conservation, research, education and recreation are our main tasks. The zoo blog shows the versatile line-up of topics, that the zoo offers the whole year round.

For she’s a jolly good fellow!

The animals at the zoo have joined us in wishing Fatou – one of the two oldest female gorillas in the world – a very happy 60th birthday. Because it’s such a milestone occasion, they decided to be a bit more creative with their congratulations than the classic “Happy Birthday” or “Herzlichen Glückwunsch”. Instead, each animal’s message was written in the language of its species’ native home, highlighting the role zoo animals play as ambassadors for their wild relatives.

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Too busy to get bored ...

Djambala refuses to give up – the female gorilla adroitly manoeuvres the peanut with a thin stick until it falls through a small hole into the level below. She works persistently and patiently until she finally holds the object of her desire in her hands. A “puzzle feeder” like this takes plenty of skill and concentration – and is great exercise for the mind.

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Movember

Every year in autumn, men around the world grow their facial hair for a good cause. And when that top lip gets unusually stubbly and kisses get scratchy, the women also remember: it’s Movember.

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Save the Rhino!

For decades, zoos around the world have been united across political and cultural borders in their shared goal to protect threatened species through international cooperation. In this age of international endangered species programmes and digital media communication, it seems unthinkable that such an impressive animal as the rhinoceros could simply vanish off the face of the Earth. But this is exactly what is happening to the northern white rhinoceros today – it is dying out before our very eyes.

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New Feeding Machines for the Great Apes at Zoo Berlin

That does indeed quite surprise our Gorilla Ivo: What exactly is that square thing in his section? It looks like a tree trunk – but it is yet somehow different. What Ivo doesn't yet know: The new tree trunk is no tree trunk. But a feeding machine – a so-called "Poke box". "Poke boxes are sturdy boxes with two transparent outer walls. Inside there are porous draws whereupon feed is provided on the top drawer via an automatically controlled box", explains Zoo vet André Schüle. "The animals will have to use their own tools to maneuver the goodies through all draws to the bottom."

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The New Gerenuk Compound for Jess and Joe

Gerenuks Jess and Joe recently slipped into their own compound almost unnoticed. Rumours were already spreading about the new residents in July in the Antelope House: Since it was there that a stable was cleaned up, fresh hay heaped and a narrow, tall box unloaded.

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Zoo and Tierpark Berlin Learning Excursion

On 12.06.2015, our first, second and third-year trainees (of both the Zoo and Tierpark Berlin) went on a three-day training trip to the zoos in Dortmund, Cologneand Duisburg. Each day we got the chance to visit one of the zoological institutions there. We were very excited to see how things work in other zoos. And which animals live there.

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Baby Viverridae at Zoo Berlin

The narrow-striped mongooses live in the Predator House. There has recently been a new sugar-sweet addition. The round beady eyes curiously peak across mama's neck observing the visitors. The sweet baby is fully spoiled by mum Adele: It is cuddled, fed and licked from head to toe

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World Tiger Day

The international tiger day (World Tiger Day) reminds us that the global wild tiger population is on the decline. For example, only around 400 Sumatran tigers currently live in the wild. The situation is similar for the Amur tiger with only an estimated 450 animals. Zoo Berlin is home to the Indochinese tiger. This is one of the six species of tigers still in existence and is endemic to the jungles of Thailand. Tigers are skilled hunters who can silently sneak up on their prey in the woods and suddenly pounce on them.

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