On 12–13 May you are welcome to Animal Family Days at the Zoo.
This year we invite you to join the photo orienteering game. The map with points and photos is available at the Zoo's box offices, or you can download it here. At each point you will be able to learn more on animal families and how the parents care for their babies.
A Chapman's Zebra foal was born on 7 May. Its first walk outdoors took place already on the second day of its life. The baby spends time together with its mother, Danija.
Riga Zoo has decided to collect data on European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) current distribution in Latvia. The species has been reestablished in Latvia in 1990ies, thanks to the reintroduction project performed by Riga Zoo.
Now Riga Zoo calls everybody to help by reporting known Tree Frog sites in Latvia. The best indication of Tree Frog presence is its song that can be heard on warm nights from late April to June.
The Riga Zoo's largest snake is the Reticulated Python that is exhibited at the Tropical House and is 11 years old. Visitors often wonder how long this big snake really is.
Now Zoo visitors can meet Krapa the Ringed Seal. After a successful rehabilitation at the Zoo's quarantine facility Krapa now dwells at the Seal Exhibit.
On 4 April at 12:00, you are welcome to attend the name-giving event at the Zoo. The name will be chosen to a male baby seal that was born on 21 January to the Zoo's Grey Seal mother, Krista.
This weekend, on 6–7 April from 12.00 to 15.00, the Woodpecker Workshop will take place near the Cīruļi bear exhibit. Everyone will have the opportunity to learn how to construct safe nest boxes for small cavity-nesting birds like tits, flycatchers and starlings.
From 12.00 to 15.00, the Woodpecker Workshop will offer the opportunity to construct nest boxes for tits and starlings. Posters with nest box construction instructions will be available at the workshop, and zoo staff will help with advice. Please note that the number of nest box sets is limited.
Five pups have been born to Naked Mole-rats. This is the first breeding of this species at Riga Zoo. The family with young is seen at the exhibit at Terrarium House.
Babies were born on 21 February, but newborns were tiny, almost impossible to see, – only 1–2 centimeters long, and their weight was even less than 1 gram. Now the pups are grown bigger, and they are seen in the cave system trying to move around, and adults sometimes carry them from one place to other.
Currently seal pups can be sighted on sea coast of Latvia. Born at Estonian islands, they are brought here by sea streams and winds.
Some of them reach our beaches in bad condition and injured. On 7 March, experts of Nature Conservation Agency brought two such seal pups to the Zoo for rehabilitation.
Unusually large grasshopper species, Siliquofera grandis, has been introduced to the terrestrial invertebrate exhibit at the Zoo's Tropical House.
Spring begins at the Zoo! Peacocks display their tails, Manchurian Cranes sing and dance, Patas Monkey mothers care for their babies.
At the end of January, four Galahs hatched at the Zoo. This is the first breeding of this parrot species in Riga Zoo.
The main topics of this year's Tropical Month will be eggs and animal reproduction. You will learn how various animals reproduce. You'll see various types of eggs. How they are laid? How they are incubated? What happens when the young have been hatched? You'll find out the answers to these questions and many more.
Riga Zoo's tradition for many years is to organize the Tropical month, the "hottest" event of the year, in the coldest month of the year.
This year the Tropical Month at the Zoo will start on 4 February.
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