Female seahorses find males with the fattest bellies the most attractive, so male seahorses massively inflate their brood pouches to win over a mate. This can currently be seen at Basel Zoo, particularly in the evening and the early hours of the morning: the males court favour with the females in the vivarium and hope to impress them with their bellies.
Yesterday, lion cubs Kijana, Kweli, Kali and Kibonge (born on 3 and 19 November 2013) were still playing with their mothers Okoa (13) and Uma (13) and their father Mbali (13) in Basel Zoo’s Gamgoas outdoor enclosure. Now, these four young males are beginning a new stage of their lives: three of them have arrived at Givskud Zoo in Denmark and the fourth is in a Czech zoo in Zlin where he will be living with a mate. All four are in good health and inspecting their new homes.
These small predators are now sharing a space with the Nile crocodiles, but keep out of their fellow occupants’ way. Among dwarf mongooses, it is the highest ranking female who calls the shots. She leads the group and is the only one to produce offspring. Dwarf mongooses have a harmonious family life, with disputes almost never occurring.