At last Geladas have plucked up their courage to leave their indoors facility and take their first steps into the new outdoor exhibit ‒ the African Savannah's Monkey Island. Now they explore their new territory eagerly.
This June, Riga Zoo's Snowy Owls hatched five chicks. All five are seen in their exhibit, together with their proud parents. In fact, this is the first successful breeding of Snowy Owls in Riga Zoo.
The spring season is in bloom in Riga Zoo. We already told you about new babies at the Zoo. Now they are joined by many more.
Starting from Tuesday, 19 May, visitors are welcome both to Riga Zoo and Affiliate Cīruļi.
At Riga Zoo, the Zoo's entire outdoor area and a part of indoor exhibits will be open to visitors. Open indoor exhibits will include Tropical House, Latvian Amphibian and Reptile Exhibit hall, exhibit of Lemurs and Galápagos Tortoises and second floor of the Giraffe House.
At Affiliate Cīruļi, all exhibits will be open to the public.
While Riga Zoo is closed to the public, the Zoo's life itself continues almost as usual. The Zoo's employees take care for animals as always, and Zoo animal lives follow their usual flow.
On 13 March, considering the state of emergency declared in Latvia to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Board of SIA Rīgas Nacionālais zooloģiskais dārzs has decided to close both Riga Zoo and its Affiliate Cīruļi to the public starting from 14 March 2020 till further notice.
Riga Zoo employees will carry on with their duties.
Nile Softshell Turtle is a new species to the Zoo's animal collection. A pair arrived from Bioparc Fuengirola in December. Now the species is seen to the public at the Zoo's Tropical House. You'll see them at the pool they share with Dwarf Crocodiles and fish, Tambaquis and Redtail Catfish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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