As the temperatures rise, many of the zoo’s animals are beginning to change their coats. This phenomenon is particularly impressive among reindeer and bison, which lose their winter coats in tufts and currently look rather dishevelled. The birds are getting excited about the woolly nesting material, collecting up the hairs that fall and using them to pad out their nests.
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.