The summer is in full swing — wherever you go, you can hear buzzing and humming, chirping and squeaking. In the house of the amphibians and reptiles of Latvia, it is possible to see the bumblebee colony provided by the company A.M. Ozoli. Moreover, there is also the bee hotel that has already been occupied by many bees. Thus, one can see different kinds of bees both in nature and the zoo. Therefore, this weekend, on June 11 and 12, Riga Zoo will be organizing Bumblebee Days!
On Monday, May 23, late in the evening, 14 Humboldt penguins arrived to Riga Zoo from several zoos all over Europe. They will be staying here for a quarantine period of 3 months, until the beginning of September, before being sent to Asia. The Flamingo house has been adapted as a quarantine facility and it allows the visitors of the zoo to see the unusual guests all summer long. The zoo staff, on the other hand, will have an opportunity to gain new experience and expand professional knowledge, while taking care of one of the world's most endangered bird species.
17/05/2016On May 21, for the first time the visitors of Riga Zoo affiliate "Cīruļi" will have an opportunity to hear stories about the zoo during the late hours of the evening. The ticket offices will be open until 22:00, but the visitors will be allowed to wander around the zoo and look at the animals until 23:00.
Riga Zoo, on the other hand, welcomes everyone to the Night of History on May 21. The ticket offices will be open until 22:00, but the visitors will be allowed to walk around the zoo until 23:30. From 18:00 to 22:00, the entry ticket will cost €2.00 for everyone. The entrance is free for children under 4 as well as pensioners over 70. Activities during the Night of History:
"Three snakes have been found in a house in Daugavpils", "rescue workers catch a snake in a kindergarten", "emergency services yesterday rescued cats, birds and even snakes" , "this year, 12 people have already been bitten by snakes" – these are just a few examples of the article titles that often can be seen in newspapers and on the internet. As the weather turns warmer, also the zoo's information office receives more and more calls from people wanting to know answers to these and many other questions: What to do if there is a snake in the backyard? Are all snakes poisonous? How do they move about without legs? What is the difference between slow worm and smooth snake? Do toads and frogs eat strawberries? What amphibians and reptiles can be found near my house and are they dangerous?
Amphibians and reptiles are all around us and we need to learn to live with them; therefore, Riga Zoological garden for the fourth year in a row welcomes everyone to Latvian Amphibian and Reptile Days on April 23 and 24.
The Bird Days will be coming to the Riga Zoo affiliate "Cīruļi" on April 9 and 10. Therefore, those who cannot make it to the Riga Zoo this weekend and still want to build a birdhouse for tits or starlings or an artificial nest for forest dormice, are welcome to visit the zoo affiliate "Cīruļi" in Kalvene.
While other birds have yet to lay their eggs, the cinereous vultures have already started hatching their eggs. Last year, two cinereous vulture chicks hatched and successfully fledged — one of them in the Riga Zoo, the other one in the Riga Zoo affiliate "Cīruļi". While other birds have yet to lay their eggs, the cinereous vultures have already started hatching their eggs. Last year, two cinereous vulture chicks hatched and successfully fledged — one of them in the Riga Zoo, the other one in the Riga Zoo affiliate "Cīruļi".
It has become a sort of a tradition in Latvia to greet the arrival of spring by doing something to improve the surrounding environment. Not only are there many people who have started working in the garden, but also quite many people have been calling to the zoo to ask when will the annual Bird Days be organized because people want to visit the zoo and build birdhouses.
Now we can safely announce that the Riga Zoo will be organizing the Bird Days this weekend on April 2 and 3.
This weekend, on the 19th and 20th of March, from 12:00 to 16:00, the Riga Zoo will be organizing the Seal Days. The weather is becoming warmer and seals are being born on the uninhabited islands of Estonia. So far no seal pups have been brought from the beaches of Latvia to the zoo. However, to educate people about what to do if one finds a seal pup on the beach, the Riga Zoo in collaboration with Nature Conservation Agency and the city of Ventspils invites everyone to the Seal Days at the zoo.
For the fourteenth year the month of February is celebrated as the Tropical Month at the Riga Zoo. Previous years the Tropical Month has been dedicated to different animal groups living in tropical regions and their adaptations for survival in such environment; however, this year we will explore one of the most diverse ecosystems — wetlands. After all, up to 12% of all animal species live in damp habitats.