Our native amphibians and reptiles are getting themselves ready for the cold time of year: they spend the winter in frost-free spaces underground or below the water’s surface. The lizards and frogs in the Vivarium at Basel Zoo behave in a similar way. Anyone who wants to see the last of them for the year will therefore have to hurry to visit the Vivarium.
Baringo the ostrich unexpectedly became the adoptive father of five young ostrich chicks. He now treats the herd of chicks as if they were his own.
Early in the morning on 1 October, an okapi was born at Basel Zoo for the first time in eleven years. Baby bull Nuru is the son of Mchawi (5). He is a strong little fellow and is already exploring the indoor stalls with great curiosity. Nuru is Mchawi’s first child and she is giving him exemplary care. Nuru can retreat if he needs some peace and quiet, so visitors need a little luck and patience.