Powerful impetus for the Ozeanium project: a lead donation of 30 million Swiss francs is supporting the zoo’s plans for an environmental education centre. ‘Our fundraising has taken a significant step forward’, according to Basel Zoo’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Martin Lenz. The donor wishes to remain anonymous to the public, with their identity known by only a few individuals at the zoo. Basel Zoo will be funding and operating the Ozeanium without any subsidy.
On 1 April, a giraffe was born at Basel Zoo. The little one had already been born when the animal keepers began their work early in the morning. Mother Sophie (4) and her son Majengo are doing well - the mother is very calm and the baby is drinking regularly.
The zoo’s renovated restaurant is opening its doors on 1 April, in time for Easter. Visitors can look forward to a light self-service restaurant with a range of regional and seasonal produce. A new takeaway area in front of the restaurant and a picnic area will also be available.