Winter Nights at the Riga Zoo till January 27


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.

Zoo’s Lynx leaves for Poland


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.

What to see and what to do at the Zoo in winter?


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!

New record set - Latvia’s heaviest pumpkin weighs 574 kg


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.

Pumpkin contest final at the Zoo


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.

Babies at the Zoo in autumn – baby Crowned Crane, Lemurs and Capybaras


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.

The results of the Animal Days' Championship


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?

Animal Days at the Zoo on 13–14 October


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.

Main construction works of African Savannah concluded


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.

Galápagos Tortoises' weight gain confirmed


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.

Zoo's Galápagos Tortoises to be weighed on 6 September


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.

I'm Growing Up Big, Strong and Healthy campaign


On 8 September at 12.00–16.00 an event of I'm Growing Up Big, Strong and Healthy campaign will take place at Riga Zoo. The event is organized by Latvian Pediatric Association, Children's Clinical University Hospital and

Name giving to Lynx cubs together with Jēkabpils City


2 August will be the name giving day to two Lynx kittens born at Riga Zoo on 28 March. The Zoo Lynx godparents, Jēkabpils City took the responsibility to chose the names. On 2 August at 15.00 the Lynx cub names will be announced by Raivis Ragainis, the Chairman of the Jēkabpils City Council.

Cinereous Vulture named Riga to be released into the wild in Bulgaria


Both Cinereous Vulture (or European Black Vulture, Aegypius monachus) chicks hatched in Riga Zoo will be included in the Cinereous Vulture reintroduction project in Bulgaria. The first of them, vulture young named Riga (hatched on 28 April), yesterday already headed to Bulgaria.

Read more on the website of the Green Balkans.

Six pups in the wolf family at Affiliate Cīruļi


A new, unrelated European Gray Wolf pair was created at the Zoo's Affiliate Cīruļi a year ago. The new family now cares for its first offspring. Six wolf pups were born on 12 May, 2018.

The first Waldrapp Ibis breeding success in Riga Zoo


Critically Endangered Waldrapp Ibises hatched a chick for the first time at Riga Zoo. The youngster develops well and is seen at the mixed species exhibit at Flamingo House.

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