I have added two more zoo visit reports to my collection of which especially Munich Zoo is rather interesting, because it was the world’s first geo-zoo as they call it themselves. Most remarkable news of the last months for me was the discovery of a brand new orangutan species in Indonesia. Unfortunately, already on the verge of extinction, but nonetheless remarkable.
The last time I visited Amersfoort Zoo was more than 7 years ago. There were some relics from the past and they seemed eager to modernise the Zoo wherever necessary, with the brand new elephant house as proof. So, I am curious what became of all the ideas, and whether the decisions that have been made can be considered wise. Well to give a heads-up, I am not disappointed regarding the number of changes, but not all decisions are appreciated, to put it mildly. More information here.
It’s a beautiful winter’s day with a clear blue sky and temperatures reaching 10ºC when I visit Munich Zoo, Tierpark Hellabrunn. A first glance at the zoo map, that comes with the entrance ticket, doesn’t show a specific grouping of the animal collection. This is rather strange, because when Tierpark Hellabrunn opened its gates to the public in 1911 it was the first zoo worldwide that had its animals grouped according to their respective geographical origin. But on the website it reads that the original geo-zoo concept – as they call it – was partially given up in the last decades. The current Masterplan, therefore, includes an objective to pursue a consequent continental grouping of the animal collection according the geographical concept. More information here.