As temperatures have risen, spring has arrived at Basel Zoo. In addition to the blossoming flowery meadows, this is particularly evident from the bird life. Since the days got longer, many different voices can be heard calling and twittering in the bird house. The spring fever experienced by the storks even resounds around the entire zoo: as soon as a partner takes to the wing or a competitor is in flight, storks throw their head all the way back and clatter their bills.
Things are looking up in Basel Zoo’s kangaroo enclosure, with five mothers carrying young in their pouches. The children of Dingi (9) and Ella (8) are already continually hopping out. Those belonging to Iorka (4) and Dunja (9) are only glancing cautiously out of their pouches now and then, and Chuppa (12) simply has a tell-tale large pouch which most likely contains a little one.
2014 saw Basel Zoo reach the two-million mark with 2,012,511 visits, making record visitor numbers for the fifth year in a row. In 2013 this figure was 1,935,692 admissions. The number of season tickets purchased is also showing a pleasing trend: following 28,541 season tickets sold in 2013, 2014 enjoyed sales of 29,213. Basel Zoo uses the proceeds of every admission and season ticket purchased to support various nature conservation projects, donating 15 cents from each admission and 1.50 francs from each season ticket. Visitors to Basel Zoo in 2014 therefore generated around 105,000 Swiss francs in nature conservation funding.