There are about 2300 species of rodents worldwide. That's about 40% of all mammals. It means that talismans of the Chinese Zodiac Year of 2020 are everywhere around us!
Here are our New Year wishes to you:
According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, the Year of the White Metal Rat begins on 25 January 2020. We are happy to announce that a pair of such big, almost white, mysterious rats actually live in the Nocturnal Exhibit at Riga Zoo's Tropical House. These are the secretive Slender-tailed Cloud Rats of North Luzon, Philippines. What's more, the Zoo's Cloud Rats have welcomed their first baby very recently, it was born on 10 December.
With Christmas time and New Year Eve approaching, it’s time for the Winter Nights at the Zoo. From 20 December to 26 January you are welcome to visit the Zoo in the dusk and find out more about animals' night habits. The event is supported by Inquiry Service 1188. Winter Nights at Riga Zoo are organized already for the 11th time.
Riga Zoo, together with the Inquiry Service 1188, offers various discounts for visitors in winter months.
■ A discount to Zoo tickets in time of Winter Nights event.
■ A discount to the Zoo parking area while you attend the Zoo.
■ A discount for visitors who come to the Zoo multiple times.
Find the discount coupon on the website of 1188.lv, show the coupon at the Zoo’s ticket office and receive a discount visiting the Zoo on December 2019 and January 2020.
At the afternoon of 2 December the first baby was born at the Zoo's Vicuña group.
See the video that was filmed on the second day of the young Vicuña's life!
Riga Zoo thanks all school groups that helped to collect acorns for Zoo animals. 222 kilograms of acorns of both Common Oak and Norther Red Oak were supplied to the Zoo by Latvia's schools in autumn 2019.
On 25 October the final of the 14th Annual Pumpkin Championship of Latvia, organized by Maxima retail chain, took place at the Zoo, with the help of Agris Kazeļņiks and Aivars Šmaukstelis, Latvia’s strongmen.
Today Krapa the rehabilitated Ringed Seal left for its new home at Lithuanian Sea Museum, Klaipeda.
Riga Zoo announces Zoozīļuks 2019 campaign with a call to schools to help collecting acorns for Zoo animals. The Zoozīļuks 2019 campaign will take place from 24 October to 15 November.
On Friday, 18 October at 14:00 the new African Savannah exhibit will be officially opened. From Saturday, 19 October, Riga Zoo's visitors will be welcome to explore the new exhibit via the 330 meters long pathway, to meet three antelope species, zebras and the newest inhabitants of the Zoo, Gelada monkeys.
On 12 and 13 October, the Animal Days will take place at the Zoo, to honor Riga Zoo's 107th Anniversary. During this event, people whose name or surname contains a name of an animal will be especially welcome to the Zoo. The event will take place both at the Riga Zoo and the Affiliate Cīruļi.
On 20 September a Moscow Zoo's photo exhibition named "Moscow Zoo in Photographs. The Golden Collection" was opened at Riga Zoo's Aquarium hall. This event was a part of the Days of Moscow in the Baltic countries that took place on 17–20 September in Tallinn, Riga and Daugavpils. The photo exhibition will be open to Riga Zoo's public for several months.
On 19 September at 11:00 and official agreement was signed that Riga Zoo would undertake the newly built African Savannah exhibit complex, to create the exhibits and move the animals there.
On Thursday 29 August at 13:15, the annual Galápagos Tortoises weighing event will take place already for the 19th time. The two giant tortoises, Čelsija and Trīne, will be weighed again, with the help of the event's patron, Raimonds Bergmanis, strongman, and Daumants Dreiškens, bobsledder and Olympic champion.
Do you know where a lion, a peacock, an owl, a deer are found in Riga? Many houses at Riga are decorated with animal figures. Riga Zoo invites you to observe the prototypes of these Riga's animals at the Zoo.
Riga Zoo now exhibits one of the smallest antelopes of the world, Kirk's Dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii). These animals can be seen at the African Savannah exhibit by the Zoo's Giraffe enclosure.
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