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.

Happy birthday, Hertha!

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Berlin football club Hertha BSC. Since it was founded, the club has become as quintessentially Berlin as the Berlin bear, the Brandenburg Gate, or Zoo Berlin.

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Can we talk about the price?

“Much too expensive”; “extortionate ticket prices”; “no one can afford that” – every once in a while, these sorts of comments appear in online reviews of Zoo and Tierpark Berlin. Yet other visitors often remark on how surprisingly cheap the tickets are. So which is it?

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Women pack a punch against poaching

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit was founded in 2013 in order to protect animals in the Balule Nature Reserve. The team has grown rapidly since then, enabling the rangers to cover an ever-greater area. According to the reserve authorities, the black mamba snake is “fast, poisonous and very aggressive when attacked” – and that could also describe the passionate women who work to protect magnificent African animals from poachers.

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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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