The goat enclosure at the children’s zoo is currently a flurry of activity: eleven young miniature goats, including two sets of twins, are practicing jumping and their first push fights. Five of the seven miniature goat mothers gave birth on the same day. The peacock goats also produced twins at the weekend.
Basel Zoo can look back over a good 2015, as confirmed by the annual report which has just been published. One particularly pleasing element was the generous donations made: a lead donation of 30 million Swiss francs was pledged to the major Ozeanium project by an anonymous donor, and an anonymous legacy of 10 million Swiss francs was able to be allocated to the Ozeanium fund. Proceeds from admission and subscription sales amounted to CHF 9,047,621. This represents a slight decrease compared with the previous year, which enjoyed excellent figures as a result of the weather.
A wonderful surprise met the keepers on the morning of 6 April: Chimpanzee Kitoko (22) had given birth to a son overnight. The little Nkombe was very active and strong from the outset.