There is always something happening in Burgers' Zoo. Not all the news is big enough to immediately devote an entire article to, but many small news items together provide an interesting update.
For years we have been looking forward to our pair of cinereous vultures having a chick. Last year we even had a camera above the nest so we wouldn't miss it. Since nothing was happening, we removed the camera. We are pretty sure that wasn't what triggered it, but a chick has hatched!
Now that the Bush is open to visitors again, you can enjoy various newcomers, including colourful birds, such as the spangled cotinga and turquoise tanager. The Irenidae (photo), the purple honeycreeper and the pinon's imperial pigeon have reproduced, and their young have flown out. Fun fact: that the Irenidae's naturally breed exceptionally well in the Bush.
In May, students of the HAS University of Applied Sciences Den Bosch researched ants in the Bush, Desert and Mangrove. They looked at what species can be found there and what their ecological role is within the ecosystems.
Spring may have set in a little late, but the lambing in the Desert did not. The ewes are mated in autumn, and so this year, we had lambs in May again. Four rams were born.v
The Finnish forest reindeer, as always, also have their calves in May. After giving birth, the females shed their antlers. The males shed theirs in December, and their new antlers have already started to grow. Growing antlers look very fluffy because of the antler velvet, a soft tissue covering, protecting and nourishing the antlers.
The East African oryx, a species that has been roaming the Safari plain since 2018, is listed in the Endangered category on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. All the better if the animals then reproduce in zoos, which happened this spring.
In addition to the fledged blue ground dove, you also have a chance of spotting the Allison's anole in the Mangrove. Several new animals of this species have been released there. The basic colour of the birds is bright green, and the male also has a bright blue head.
In the previous ZieZoo, we mistakenly printed the wrong email address to register as a Friend of Belize. We apologise for this. The correct email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
After the summer holidays, our various kids' clubs start up again! Because COVID-19 ruined the last season, the 2020/2021 kids get to start again. We also want to give the children on the waiting list a spot, so we have decided not to put out a new call this year. All in all, just under one hundred children will be participating this season!
Would you like a pair of shark, tiger or gorilla sunglasses?
We are running a 1 plus 1 free offer on the Burgers' Zoo sunglasses.
The sunglasses cost €5
Give a tree back with this Burgers' Zoo grow notebook.
The 80-page eco-booklet contains seeds to plant a pine tree.
Our plush toy collection was expanded at the beginning of July with the arrival of a lion cub and a small aardvark. Must-haves for real fans!
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