On 23 October the final of the 15th Annual Pumpkin Championship of Latvia, organized by Maxima retail chain, took place at the Zoo, with the help of Dainis Zāģeris and Didzis Zariņš, Latvia’s strongmen.
Riga Zoo's Zoozīļuks 2020 campaign took place on 24 September–11 October. That was a call to schools of Latvia to help collecting acorns for Zoo animals. During the campaign, the Zoo received 21 580 kilograms of acorns, collected by more than 11 thousands of children from various schools and kindergartens of Latvia. Zoozīļuks says an enormous thanks to all participants. Now the campaign is concluded and it is the time to announce the winners.
On 10 and 11 October, the annual Animal Days were organized at the Zoo, to honor Riga Zoo's 108th Anniversary. 454 visitors with animal names in their surnames and names were recorded, including names in various languages and grammatical forms.
On 10 and 11 October, the Animal Days will take place at the Zoo, to honor Riga Zoo's 108th 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.
Just a week ago several new animals arrived to Riga Zoo. The new arrivals are Amur Tigers, Grévy's Zebras and Small-eared Galagos.
Riga Zoo announces Zoozīļuks 2020 campaign with a call to schools of Latvia to help collecting acorns for Zoo animals. The winners of the contest will get a free entrance and a free guided excursion around the Zoo.
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.
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