Category Archives: Zoos

Interspecific prey theft in extant theropod dinosaurs – Ardea vs. Spheniscus

Golly, what a science journal-worthy title! An unnecessarily complicated and grandiloquent Ersatz for a simple “Heron steals penguins’ fish!” The Tierpark Friedrichsfelde in Berlin has started announcing feeding times a while ago, and the penguin feeding (Humboldt penguins, Spheniscus humboldti) … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 53: Snow White

Last Monday, work took me to the Weltvogelpark Walsrode (wikipedia). It is really weird that I haven’t been there before, and I was determined to make the most of this visit, despite a so-so weather forecast. The Weltvogelpark is a … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 52: pulling a leg! Erhm….rather: pulling a tail!

Hungry I am. An aardwolf (Proteles cristata), too. A hungry aardwolf. Yep, that’s it. A hungry aardwolf. Now get me my food. Now! This is the elusive critter that David Hone, my esteemed colleague with plenty of zoo experience, and … Continue reading

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non-raptors at the Wildpark Tambach

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. I’ve covered the raptor flight show at the wonderful Wildpark Tambach near Coburg before, as well as the lynxes; now it is time for an overview of what else the place has to offer. As is … Continue reading

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Tierpark hummingbird revisited

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. Last winter I spent a fun day in the Tierpark with my colleague Dave Hone, a day that included some fun in the Krokodilhaus. Dave’s camera got all fogged up inside, whereas mine worked perfectly. In … Continue reading

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Newbie sighting at Tierpark Berlin (not!)

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. Recently, I posted a short piece on my view on the rather ridiculous turns the debate about the Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde has taken. As I mentioned, there are quite a few points that should see improvement, although … Continue reading

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The place is a zoo – the Tiergarten Berlin debate

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. Recently, some journalists and politicians in Berlin started a big debate about the Tierpark Berlin: should it be closed, or what else should be done about it losing money? Does Berlin need the Tierpark, and can … Continue reading

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Today my camera got drunk!

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. Here’s a photo I took today that clearly shows my camera must have come into contact with strong liquor. Blurry and double vision, anyone?

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Zoo Berlin bird house’s Australia part 1

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. It’s been a long time since the last post on the new bird house at the Zoo Berlin, so I guess you all have recovered from the feather flurry and are ready for another dose. This … Continue reading

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Flight of the vultures

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. The falcons, the eagles – it is finally time for the vultures. Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) at the Wildpark Tambach’s air show. By now it was raining less, but the clouds got darker. Not really good … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 50: yummy theropod!

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. Aside from some cool theropods small and larger, the Wildpark Tambach has lots of mammals on show. Not on shows, though. Obviously, typical Central European large ruminants, specifically cervids, supplemented by a species originally restricted to … Continue reading

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Flight of the eagles

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. After the falcons, the show at Wildpark Tambach continued with a raptor that likes walking on foot. Aquila nipalensis, the Steppe Eagle, is an impressively large bird when it follows a dinky falcon in a show, … Continue reading

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Flight of the falcons

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. On holiday, so only a handful of photos. The first one is pretty cool Falcon (Falco sp.) in flight. Photo taken at a show at the Wildpark Tambach (site in German only). Sorry, I can’t remember … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 50: fruit salad, here I come!

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. When you ask an average person what a theropod is you will most likely get either a blank stare, or “Tyrannosaurus!!!” or “RAPTOR!!!!” yelled at you. Carnivores, both of them, and quite potentially hypercarnivores at that. … Continue reading

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Zoo Berlin’s Asia part 1

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. From Africa to Asia – yes I am doing this tour of the bird in the Zoo Berlin’ new bird house alphabetically. Asia here should be read as SE-Asia, with most species shown below occurring on … Continue reading

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