Basel Zoo’s wild boar enclosure is a hive of activity, with five young boars born to two mothers on 12 and 17 July. Three older boars born in February this year are still joining them to rampage around the enclosure. However, Basel’s wild boars are currently attracting attention for an entirely different reason: for the first time, pigs have been described as washing their food before eating it. This behaviour was discovered in Basel Zoo’s wild boars.
Thursday 16 July saw a gorilla born at Basel Zoo at midday. This is the third child for mother Faddama (32). It will take a few days to establish whether the new arrival is a boy or a girl, and then it will be given a name. The baby gorilla is the second child for father M’Tongé, who came to Basel Zoo at the end of the summer in 2014. Joas (26) gave birth to a little boy on 19 May of this year. Before this, Basel Zoo had not seen any gorilla births for ten years.
A male giraffe calf was born in Basel Zoo on 29 July, entering the world at 9:50 a.m. in the antelope house. Soon after it was born it attempted to stand on its unsteady legs to suckle on its mother’s teats. Mother Kianga (6) and her calf are doing well. Father Xamburu (6) also lives in Basel Zoo.