Between the shrill, colourfully patterned coral fish in Basel Zoo’s Vivarium also live many inconspicuous species which almost always go unspotted by visitors. This is a genuine shame, as even the most unimposing creatures often have very interesting biology. The majority are little ‘aquarium helpers’, like the jewelled blenny from the reefs of the tropical Indo-Pacific.
Branco (6) and Sabio (5) are two male woolly monkeys who arrived at Basel Zoo on 28 October. The pair are currently getting used to their new surroundings: Sabio has been rather shy thus far, whilst the older Branco is likely to take a dominant role over his counterpart.
Babies have been born at Basel’s children’s zoo: a female llama on 23 October and a male miniature zebu on 29 October.