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.
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.
Early morning of 21 January brought happy news to Riga Zoo’s staff. A baby was born to the Zoo’s Grey Seal pair, Krista and Puika. The baby seal spends its time outside the pool, under the care of its mother.
With Christmas time and New Year Eve approaching, it’s time for a great tradition – Winter Nights at the Zoo. From December 21 to January 27 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.
Today a female Northern Lynx, born at Riga Zoo in 2017, departed to its destination in Kadzidłowo Wild Animal Park in Poland, to join the Lynx reintroduction program in Poland, led by WWF-Poland.
How do animals prepare for the winter?
■ Winter coats
Yes, animals may have different coats for different seasons! Preparing for the winter cold, many Zoo animals that are housed outdoors change to thicker and warmer winter coats.
See – Camels, Sheep!
October 26th, at the Latvian Pumpkin Championship, a new record was set by a pumpkin from Kuldīga County which reached 574 g, 170 kg more than the previous record set in 2016. The Championship at Riga Zoo was organised by Maxima Latvija for the 13th year in a row, honouring local Latvian vegetable farmers.
Second and third place in the Championship were won by pumpkins grown by the Neimanis family and Kozlovskis family, with those reaching 425 kg and 377 kg. These were followed by the Badovskis family’s giant from Skrunda, and the Neimanis family pumpkin, weighing 295,5 kg and 266,5 kg respectively.
On 26 October at 11:00 Latvia’s biggest pumpkins will be weighed and measured at the Zoo again, with the help of Kaspars Zlidnis, fitness expert, and Agris Kazeļņiks and Aivars Šmaukstelis, Latvia’s strongmen. This event will conclude the Annual Pumpkin Championship of Latvia, organized by Maxima retail chain already for the 13th time.
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