On 7 and 8 October, the Animal Days will take place at the Zoo. During this event, people whose name or surname contains a name of an animal are especially welcome to the Zoo – they will get a 50% discount for the entry to the Zoo. The event will take place both at the Riga Zoo and the affiliate Cīruļi.
On 23 and 24 September a health education event for families will take place in Riga Zoo at 12:00–16:00. During the event, the medical nurses from the Children's Clinical University Hospital will perform weight and length measurements of children, consult families on children health and provide informative booklets.
On 31 August Riga Zoo's Galapagos Tortoise annual weighing event took place for the 17th time already. The task was carried out by the event's patron, Raimonds Bergmanis, the current Minister of Defence of Latvia. This year he was joined by Wade Rutland, Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel, Commander of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia.
On 31 August at 15:30, the annual Galapagos Tortoises weighing event will take place. The event's patron, Raimonds Bergmanis, the current Minister of Defence of Latvia, will be joined by Wade Rutland, Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel, Commander of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia.
During Riga City Festival from 18 to 20 August, Riga Zoo invite the zoo visitors to learn more on turtle life. The special work sheets are available at the Zoo entrance. In collaboration with Inquiry Service 1188, we are offering a discount on the Zoo entrance fee during the Riga City Festival.
On 13 June, Ventina, the Riga Zoo's Grey Seal young will depart for Warsaw Zoo, Poland. Ventina was born in the Zoo on 28 January. Riga Zoo's Grey Seals are supported by Ventspils City Council.
The summer is in full swing – wherever you go, you can hear buzzing and humming, chirping and squeaking. Nu doubt, it's time to learn more about another of our neighbors, the Bumblebee. This weekend, on 10 and 11 June Bumblebee Days will take place in Riga Zoo for the fifth time already. In the Zoo's Latvian Amphibian and Reptile Hall, you can see the Bumblebee colony provided by A.M. Ozoli.
As each summer, from 1 June to 31 August, the visitors will have an opportunity to watch animal feeding shows at the Zoo. Feeding shows will take place every day from 11:45 to 14:15, except 23 and 24 June. Note that shows can be canceled due to heavy rain or if there have been important changes in animals' life.
When the events of Museum Night take place in the city, Riga Zoo invites visitors to its History Night in the evening of 20 May in cooperation with the Inquiry Service 1188. Riga National Zoological Garden will be marking its 105th anniversary this autumn. Over these years, the Zoo has seen many periods of prosperity but it has been through some crises, too.
Just before Animal Family Days, which will take place at the Zoo this weekend, the Hungarian Steppe Cattle family has welcomed another baby. Now there are seven big, light grey adults and already two small, sand-colored calves in the paddock. The older calf already plays and jumps around while his younger brother still spends most of its time lying in the sand.
Native amphibians and reptiles did not like this year's long and cold spring very much. Still, you can already meet an occasional frog, toad, snake or lizard in warmer and sunny places. Not everyone likes these neighbors of ours, so it is worth learning more about them. To let visitors learn more about these animals, Riga Zoo organizes Latvian Amphibian an Reptile Days for the fifth year already. The educational workshop "Learn More about Latvian Toads" will take place at the Zoo's Latvian Amphibian and Reptile Hall on 29 and 30 April from 12.00 to 15.00.
Bird Day events will be taking place at Riga Zoo this weekend, 1–2 April. Since weather forecasts are favourable for this weekend, you are welcome to meet zoo animals as well as to join educational and practical activities.
On 3 March, a name giving to a seal pup will take place in Riga Zoo together with representatives from Ventspils City Council, the Nature Conservation Agency, and the media.
The period of time between late January and early March is the time when seal pups are born and the next offspring are conceived. On 28 January, Riga Zoo's female Grey Seal, Krista, gave birth to her first baby, a healthy seal pup in soft and silky white fur.
One of Riga Zoo's long lasting traditions is the Tropical Month which is organized each February. On Saturdays and Sundays of February 2017, visitors are welcome to join events and activities of the 15th Tropical Month in Zoo's Tropical House. This year the focus will be on the best and most hardworking architect and builder in animal life – the Ant! Together we will explore the ants, their life, their amazing homes, their role in ecosystems and the diversity of ant species.
Tamandua or Lesser Anteater, is an anteater species that dwells in trees. In 2016, a Southern Tamandua baby was born in Riga Zoo for the first time.
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