Spring seems to have arrived early this year. Eager rustling can already be heard from the stork nests at Basel Zoo and the pelicans are experiencing the joys of spring too. These can currently be seen trying to impress their partners with large bulges on their foreheads and decorative feathers on the backs of their heads.
Basel Zoo is planning a large-scale aquarium called the ‘Ozeanium’ for the Heuwaage area and is bearing infrastructure costs amounting to around 4.2 million francs for the building plot. Head of the cantonal architecture and construction service Beat Aeberhard says: ’We are delighted about the effort being made to enhance the urban development of the Heuwaage area.’ The development plan’s public application for planning permission has now been submitted. According to zoo director Oliver Pagan: ’It is great to see that the canton of Basel-Stadt supports our vision and is aiming for speedy implementation of the development plan.’ The project’s funding is well on track: last year’s donation of 30 million francs has been supplemented by a bequest amounting to 10 million.
The seven ostrich chicks at Basel Zoo hatched at the end of last year. During the six short weeks of their lives, their weight has already increased sevenfold. Manyara (24) and her partner Baringo (22) have plenty of parenting experience: they have raised 136 chicks since their arrival at Basel Zoo in 1999.