The main topics of this year's Tropical Month will be eggs and animal reproduction. You will learn how various animals reproduce. You'll see various types of eggs. How they are laid? How they are incubated? What happens when the young have been hatched? You'll find out the answers to these questions and many more.
Riga Zoo's tradition for many years is to organize the Tropical month, the "hottest" event of the year, in the coldest month of the year.
This year the Tropical Month at the Zoo will start on 4 February.
Early morning of 21 January brought happy news to Riga Zoo’s staff. A baby was born to the Zoo’s Grey Seal pair, Krista and Puika. The baby seal spends its time outside the pool, under the care of its mother.
Riga Zoo, together with the Inquiry Service 1188, offers various discounts for visitors in winter months.
■ A discount to Zoo tickets in time of Winter Nights event.
■ A discount to the Zoo parking area while you attend the Zoo.
■ A discount for visitors who come to the Zoo multiple times.
Find the discount coupon on the website of 1188.lv, show the coupon at the Zoo’s ticket office and receive a discount visiting the Zoo on December 2018 and January 2009.
With Christmas time and New Year Eve approaching, it’s time for a great tradition – Winter Nights at the Zoo. From December 21 to January 27 you are welcome to visit the Zoo in the dusk and find out more about animals' night habits. The event is supported by Inquiry Service 1188.
Today a female Northern Lynx, born at Riga Zoo in 2017, departed to its destination in Kadzidłowo Wild Animal Park in Poland, to join the Lynx reintroduction program in Poland, led by WWF-Poland.
How do animals prepare for the winter?
■ Winter coats
Yes, animals may have different coats for different seasons! Preparing for the winter cold, many Zoo animals that are housed outdoors change to thicker and warmer winter coats.
See – Camels, Sheep!
October 26th, at the Latvian Pumpkin Championship, a new record was set by a pumpkin from Kuldīga County which reached 574 g, 170 kg more than the previous record set in 2016. The Championship at Riga Zoo was organised by Maxima Latvija for the 13th year in a row, honouring local Latvian vegetable farmers.
Second and third place in the Championship were won by pumpkins grown by the Neimanis family and Kozlovskis family, with those reaching 425 kg and 377 kg. These were followed by the Badovskis family’s giant from Skrunda, and the Neimanis family pumpkin, weighing 295,5 kg and 266,5 kg respectively.
On 26 October at 11:00 Latvia’s biggest pumpkins will be weighed and measured at the Zoo again, with the help of Kaspars Zlidnis, fitness expert, and Agris Kazeļņiks and Aivars Šmaukstelis, Latvia’s strongmen. This event will conclude the Annual Pumpkin Championship of Latvia, organized by Maxima retail chain already for the 13th time.
Several animal babies are born at the Zoo on autumn months. In fact, that is not that unusual since Zoo animals represent various regions of the world. In Latvia it is autumn now, but in Southern Hemisphere the spring is just arrived. So Grey Crowned Cranes from Southern Africa, Ring-tailed Lemurs from Madagascar and Capybaras from South America raise their babies in October.
On 13 and 14 October, the Animal Days were organized at the Zoo, to honor Riga Zoo's 106th Anniversary. During this event, people whose name or surname contains a name of an animal were especially welcome to the Zoo.
So, which animals were the most popular within Animal Days this year?
On 13 and 14 October, the Animal Days will take place at the Zoo, to honor Riga Zoo's 106th Anniversary. During this event, people whose name or surname contains a name of an animal will be especially welcome to the Zoo. The event will take place both at the Riga Zoo and the Affiliate Cīruļi.
On 27 September at 12:00, Nils Ušakovs, the Riga City Mayor, will hold a press conference at the Zoo, informing media about the development of the African Savannah project at Riga Zoo.
On 6 September the two Riga Zoo's Galápagos Tortoises were weighed for the 18th time. This year Raimonds Bergmanis, the event's patron, attended only as an observer. Therefore, this time the task was undertaken by four strongest men from Riga Zoo staff.
On 6 September at 13:00, the annual Galápagos Tortoises weighing event will take place already for the 18th time. The two giant tortoises, Čelsija and Trīna, will be weighed by the strongest and most reliable of the Zoo's staff. This year Raimonds Bergmanis, the event's patron, has taken a leave until the next summer.
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