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.

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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Large Rococo Festival at Tierpark Berlin

Be a princess for a day? Many girls' dreams came true at Tierpark Berlin: The weekend of 22/23 August was devoted to Rococo here. Visitors to the splendid Schloss Friedrichsfelde anticipated a journey back to the 18th Century. Palace enthusiasts of young and old were able to stroll through the palace gardens in striking costumes.

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Eight Sweet Little Stinkers

Eight stinker babies were born in Tierpark Berlin on 1. May 2015. The babies crawl around curiously on camera and point their sweet little noses towards us. Not a trace of any stink. Well not yet at least. The eponymous stench only develops as they get older, explains curator Dr. Florian Sicks. The official name is "Skunk" - what a charming name!

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Striped Hipster in Tierpark Berlin

Florian is the youngest zebra in Tierpark Berlin. The young zebra has a cool punk hairstyle and bears hipster striping. We're all thinking that stripes will be back in come Berlin Fashion Week! The cute Chapman's zebra (a subspecies of the plains zebra) was born on 28 June 2015 in Tierpark Berlin. The foal is a true mummy's boy. He hardly leaves his mum Almera's sides. This is totally normal with young zebras. The offspring always spend the first weeks of their lives by their mothers.

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The Deer with the Coolest Hairstyle

Short, hairy legs, large ears, white spots and curious wide eyes. This sweet little animal is hard to resist. We are referring to Samantha, the youngest fawn of the tufted deer at Tierpark Berlin (born on 3.7.2015). Samantha is small enough to fit into two hands. Her mum Eileen is just as much in love with her as we are. She lovingly nudges her offspring in the direction of the watering hole and licks her clean afterwards. After that she frolics around with her playmate Fatima (born on 16.3.2015). Dad Eugenius prefers to watch his happy family from afar. He prefers the easy life away from the commotion. It's certainly true that there is a lot going on in his group. And all this when the tufted deer isn't actually a group animal, preferring to be a loner in the wild.

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What Should We Call the Little Pig?

"Let's save the Tierpark … well, at least in some small way!“, Sarah Zerdick and Djamil Deininger, moderators of "Guten Morgen, Berlin", used this motto in their quest for an animal sponsorship - and the listeners of radioBERLIN 88.8 were able to vote as to which animal it should be. The choice was between: a pot-bellied pig, an American flamingo and a short-beaked echidna.

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Tender Spines at the Tierpark

There's normally not a lot going on in the porcupine enclosure. The animals lay sluggishly in the sun and doze the day away. Or eat. Yet there has been quite the hullabaloo over the past 3 weeks: Two baby porcupines have been curiously exploring their new terrain.

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