Category: Insider Tips from the Zoo

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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Lion Aru is Off to Augsburg

King Aru colonizes a new kingdom in Swabia. Male lion Aru moved to Zoo Augsburg yesterday. Female lion Tanya was already expecting him there. The two are still separated but can still see and sniff each other. Aru should acclimatise in peace first of all. He's getting on alright, he's eating and sleeping and now and then he gazes over dotingly to Tanya - but very secretly! There's hope for lion babies yet!

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