While the people of Latvia are cursing about the dreadful autumn weather, spring is celebrated in South America. The South American animals in the Riga Zoo also feel like in spring and, thus, lively baby animals are born during the Latvian autumn.
Twins have been born to a family of common marmosets, but one offspring has been born to a family of Douroucouli.
This year, pupils from the schools of Latvia were asked to collect acorns and, thus, help the animals of the zoo. The results are impressive: the children altogether have collected 8250 kg of acorns or more than 1.7 million acorns.
This year, the Riga National Zoological garden has several reasons to celebrate:
- the 101st anniversary since the zoo was first opened;
- the 80th anniversary since the zoo was reopened after the Wold War I;
- the 20th anniversary since the zoo branch “Cīruļi” was established.
To honour these anniversaries, the Animal Days – an even that is held annually in order to celebrate the birthday of the zoo – will be organized on October 12 and 13 in both the Riga Zoo and the zoo branch “Cīruļi”. As per usual, the people whose name and/or surname contains a name of an animal are especially welcome to the zoo during these days, because for those, who have promoted the diversity of the animal kingdom throughout their lives, the entrance fee to the zoo is reduced by half.
The Riga National Zoological garden was first opened to visitors in the autumn of 1912. Unfortunately, the zoo had to close already after 6 years because of the World War I. The animals were either taken to Germany or liquidated. After many years had passed, on September 24, 1933, the zoological garden was once again opened.
This year is the 80th anniversary since the reopening of the zoo.
Autumn is the harvest season, when we pick apples, dig up potatoes, and remove beans from the pods. Acorns – a treat for many animals – have now ripened and started falling off the oak trees in the dry, rustling leaves.
Also this year pupils are asked to collect acorns and take them to the Riga Zoo, so that the animals of the zoo can feast on these delicious treats.
The Striped Days is a popular event organized annually in August, right before the beginning of the school year, which offers an opportunity to acquire knowledge about nature and animals in a fun and interesting way. Anyone with a curious spirit is welcome to participate in the activities organized during the Striped Days. Informative trails and tricky puzzles, funny jokes and animated discussions will reveal the importance of colours, lines, patterns and speckles in the animal world.
In the evening hours of Saturday, May 18, the event “Night of History at the Zoo” will take place in the zoo for the second time. During the event the visitors of the zoo will have the opportunity to explore the buildings that are one hundred years old, hear old tales and legends, learn about the difficulties the zoo had to face in the beginning of the previous century and to find out how this wonderful island of nature in the city was created and how it flourished.
The Animal Family Days is an annual event and this is the 11th time it takes place at the Riga Zoo. The zoo is a home to many different animals from all over the world, and one of the aims of this event is to raise awareness about the diversity of animal families. Several of the animal families have prepared pleasant surprises for both the employees and the visitors of the zoo.
On April 20-21, the Latvian Reptile days will be organized at the Riga Zoological garden, where the visitors will have the chance to learn more about the diversity and lifestyle of reptiles in Latvia. Thus, the zoo will clear prejudice and myths that are widespread in the society, especially regarding attitude towards snakes.
On April 19, at 13:00, the display of amphibians and reptiles of Latvia will finally be opened after the long winter. The amphibians and reptiles spent the winter hibernating in the zoo’s former restaurant’s wine-cellar.