Welcome to the Tierpark 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 Tierpark blog shows the versatile line-up of topics, that the Tierpark offers the whole year round.

Too busy to get bore ...

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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Low-power winter mode

It’s wet, it’s cold, the skies are dark and gloomy and the trees are bare – winter can be a pretty depressing time of year. When days get shorter, many people find it difficult to get up in the morning and quite fancy the idea of hibernating over winter. Why not stay in bed until the dark days are over and spring with all its blossoms and optimism comes knocking at the door?

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A passport for a jaguar

Endangered animals are regularly jetted across the globe to contribute towards species conservation efforts. For the animals it may seem like a “holiday romance”, but for us it’s a “breeding programme”.

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Operation ear tufts

Unsere Altai-Luchs-Katze Kiska hat eine wichtige Mission. Seit dem 7. Juli testet sie ein neues GPS- Halsband, das auch für Luchsstudien in freier Wildbahn zum Einsatz kommt. Damit ist sie den Wissenschaftlern des Leibniz-Institutes für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW) (www.leibniz-izw.de) eine riesige Hilfe beim Schutz dieser bedrohten Art.

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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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Return of the wild horses

The Przewalski’s horse (Equus przewalskii), known as the “takhi” in Mongolian, is the last surviving species of wild horse in the world. Its reintroduction into the wild is often cited as one of the most successful species conservation programmes ever coordinated by zoos. The following report will show just how much patience, courage, expertise and financial resources are required to realise such a project. Tierpark curator and zoologist Christian Kern loves to travel the world, exploring animal habitats and learning about different cultures. In July 2016, he used his holiday to participate in the fifth transport of animals for the reintroduction project “Return of the Wild Horses” organised by Prague Zoo. Here he gives us a personal insight into his adventures in Mongolia.

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Rhino birth at Tierpark Berlin

Indian rhinoceros Betty became a mother for the 6th time on Saturday. The sweet Indian rhino offspring is already exploring it's surroundings curiously and is enjoying the Berlin sun. Those whoever wanted to know just how an Indian rhino gives birth can find out with this video. Caution: Not for the faint-hearted.

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A New Home for Chip and Chap!

Chip and Chap are two Himalayan dwarf chipmunks that live in Tierpark Berlin. Both of them don't exactly look like you would expect predators to look like. Furry brush ears, curious beady eyes and a long bushy tail are more reminiscent of plush toy animals. Chip and Chap are also vegetarians – but a few insects in between meal times never go a miss. Apart from anything else, they prefer a Paleo diet: Nuts and seeds.

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