In the evening hours of Saturday, May 18, the event “Night of History at the Zoo” will take place in the zoo for the second time. During the event the visitors of the zoo will have the opportunity to explore the buildings that are one hundred years old, hear old tales and legends, learn about the difficulties the zoo had to face in the beginning of the previous century and to find out how this wonderful island of nature in the city was created and how it flourished.
The Animal Family Days is an annual event and this is the 11th time it takes place at the Riga Zoo. The zoo is a home to many different animals from all over the world, and one of the aims of this event is to raise awareness about the diversity of animal families. Several of the animal families have prepared pleasant surprises for both the employees and the visitors of the zoo.
On April 20-21, the Latvian Reptile days will be organized at the Riga Zoological garden, where the visitors will have the chance to learn more about the diversity and lifestyle of reptiles in Latvia. Thus, the zoo will clear prejudice and myths that are widespread in the society, especially regarding attitude towards snakes.
On April 19, at 13:00, the display of amphibians and reptiles of Latvia will finally be opened after the long winter. The amphibians and reptiles spent the winter hibernating in the zoo’s former restaurant’s wine-cellar.
Even though the winter is reluctant to leave, the spring is slowly and steadily coming. After the Easter snowstorm our ears are eager to hear tits and thrushes singing. Also sparrows at the zoo are fighting for every feather that could be used to line their nests, or they just keep an eye on the camel enclosure, waiting for the moment when the large animal is going to shed its winter coat. Cranes with their graceful courtship dances and peacocks with their magnificent tails tell us that it’s high time to make birdhouses.
Even though the spring is coming reluctantly this year, lively activities are already taking place at the Riga Zoo affiliate “Cīruļi”. Highland cattle calf and Galloway cattle calf have been born. Also the bear Toms has awoken from his winter slumber and returned to his usual preoccupation – he’s keeping a watchful eye on both the employees and visitors of the Riga Zoo Affiliate “Cīruļi”.
Three and a half years ago, when five dwarf crocodiles arrived in the Riga Zoo from the Pilsen Zoo, they could easily fit into the palm of a hand. A year later, it was still amusing to watch as the crocodiles, that at the time weighed less than a kilogram, tried to defend themselves by biting intruding hands. However, now the thickest gloves and the most trustworthy assistants were sought before weighing the animals, because these reptiles grow unbelievably fast.
30/01/2013On Friday, February 1, at 13:00 the Tropical Month opening conference will take place in the Tropical house with an active participation of snakes themselves.
This is the eleventh year when the Tropical Month takes place at the Riga Zoo. Since according to the Chinese zodiac this is the year of snake, the main theme of the Tropical Month will be the terrifying and at the same time intriguing reptiles – snakes.
The Winter Nights, where the visitors have the opportunity to enjoy both the arctic cold and the tropical warmth between 16:00 and 19:00 only for a fee of 1 Ls, will continue only until January 27. You only need to choose comfortable shoes and clothes suitable for the weather conditions, and you are set to have fun! Until now (from December 14 to January 15) more than 11 000 people have visited the zoo during the hours of the evening.