ZOO Bratislava


Baby Animals 2017

On February 7 2017, two billy Domestic Goats were born in our Zoo. Mother´s name is Kristína, the young goats´ names are Henry and Jack. Kristína is taking good care of her offspring, nursing them with milk and watching after them. The billies spend most of the days playing in the outdoor enclosure. You can see the goat family in the Farm Yard.
On February 11 2017, two Domestic Goat offspring, male and female, were born in our Zoo. Mother´s name is Rozárka. Female billy was named Ruby and male Bae. This domestic goat is a rewarding breed to keep on farms for kids because they are small in size. They are very agile, enjoying jumping on stumps and rocks. Their hooves are well adapted to it, they do not slip on rocks. Their eye irises are set horizontally, eyes are placed on the side of their heads. It is an adaptation for life as a prey, it helps them to watch their surroundings at all times, because of wide view angle.

On February 14 2017, three Sleder-tailed Meerkats were born in our Zoo.

On February 17 2017, a Buff-cheeked Gibbon was born in our Zoo. It is the fifth offspring of this species born in our Zoo. The sex of the newborn is not yet known. Mother´s name is Bany (born October 21 2006 in Olomouc Zoo), she was transported to Bratislava Zoo in April 2013 from the Spanish Fuengirola Zoo. Father´s name is Oliver (born May 24 2001 in Bratislava Zoo). It is the second offspring for this breeding pair, their first one was born July 30 2014 and lives with its parents and new sibling in the same enclosure.
Bany managed the birth brilliantly and has been caring well for her second baby by cleaning, nursing, and keeping it warm.
On February 26 2017, two more billies of Domestic Goat were born in our Zoo, a male and female. Mother´s name is Amálka. You can see the young goats in the Domestic Goat enclosure.

On March 3 2017, a Llama male was born in our Zoo. Mother's name is Nieves, father´s Bodgyo. The mother is taking good care of her offspring, patiently nursing him when he needs to drink, and guarding him by staying in his close proximity. Only one hour after being born, the young male got up on his legs and began to drink mother´s milk. He will start tasting solid foods (grains, vegetables, hay) in about three months of age but he will mainly still feed on his mother´s milk. Interestingly, Llama mothers do not lick their young after giving birth. This is because foetal membranes rupture by themselves, unlike in other mammal species, therefore mother's help is not needed. In addition to the parents of the offspring, there is another female Alegra in the Llama group.
This kind of llama is  in North America and the UK used for guarding herds of farm animals (sheep, cattle) from predators such as coyotes, wild dogs and foxes. It is usually used one neutered male. Whereas the llama herd animals, male individuals of the guarded bound species, and therefore preserves (if there were more llamas, would bind to each other).

On March 20, male and female Domestic Pygmy Goats were born in our Zoo. Their mother´s name is Fľaša. On March 21, another pair, also male and female, were born, mother´s name is Juniorka. Father of both sets of offspring is Kubo.
On March 28 additional another three Domestic Pygmy Goats.
This African breed is very resistant and easy kept. In the dry conditions of Africa it developed a stomach that can very well digest poor quality grasses. Therefore, it is important that this breed in kept in conditions to which it is adapted in their natural conditions. For some species, less is more - if we want them to enjoy "good" food, we can hurt them because the digestive system is unable to process such foods.

On April 1 and 13, two Ring-tailed Lemur offspring were born in our Zoo. Mother of the first one is Ala, mother of the other young Lemur is Kasijy. The proud father is our male Riško.
Traditionally, Lemur offspring in our Zoo are born roughly at the same time, which is great, especially for the young ones: they have friends to play and explore the enclosure with. That is why in the Lemur enclosure there is always something going on and something to look at :)
Lemur group commands the most experienced female, which in our Zoo is Kasijy, while males are staying on the edge of the group. Accordingly, this way you can recognize our Riško.

On April 1 2017, male Vietnamese Sika Deer fawn was born in our Zoo.

On April 5 2017, male Indian Crested Porcupine offspring was born in our Zoo. A myth says that these animals shoot their quills into the enemy. This is not true: if the Porcupine feels threatened, it moves its body so that the quills rattle against each other which should scare the predator. If the enemy does not retreat, the Porcupine moves its body backwards towards the predator and drives the quills into its body while releasing them from muscle pockets so they will remain stuck in. Quills themselves do not kill the animal, however, there is dirt and bacteria on them to which the predator can succumb.

On April 6 2017, a Wild Boar piglet was born in our Zoo. Wild Boar is the original species of Slovakia which also lives in the forests around Bratislava town. If you do not want to meet Wild Boars in the woods personally, you just need to let them know about yourself. It is not in the interest of any wildlife animal to meet a human. Only if we are very quiet and come too close to them, they feel they have no room to escape and therefore feel threatened. In this situation, they can become dangerous by attacking its enemy.

On April 13, Ring-tailed Lemur offspring was born in our Zoo. Mother of the offspring is Kasijy. The proud father is our male Riško.
Traditionally, Lemur offspring in our Zoo are born roughly at the same time, which is great, especially for the young ones: they have friends to play and explore the enclosure with. That is why in the Lemur enclosure there is always something going on and something to look at :)
Lemur group commands the most experienced female, which in our Zoo is Kasijy, while males are staying on the edge of the group. Accordingly, this way you can recognize our Riško.

On May 17 2017, Arabian Oryx calf was born in our Zoo. This desert antelope is perfectly adapted to life in harsh, dry conditions. The head has a special blood coagulation system to keep the brain from overheating. The coat is of sandy colour that reflects the sun rays, so it does not overheat in summer. The coat has an undercoat that accumulates heat and releases it during cold winter nights. Legs in the winter darken to keep warm.

On April 28, another six Sleder-tailed Meerkats offspring were born. The Meerkat group is a large family consisting of a parent couple and their relatives, as well as the couple´s offspring. The family keeps together - older siblings help with raising and caring for younger siblings. Young Meerkats learn from the older ones by observing how to hunt, how to respond to a warning signal, or where to hide in case of danger – they learn how to survive.

On May 9 2017, one male and two female Canadian Lynx cubs were born in our Zoo. This species is the North American alternative to Eurasian Lynx, which is the animal in the logo of our Zoo. Eurasian Lynx lives in the forests of Europe and Asia, where it is relatively warm in summer and cold in winter. Black dots are well visible on his orange coat - this coloration serves as camouflage in a forest environment. Canadian Lynx is adapted to cold climate. Its coat is thicker, pale, and gray and dots are not so obvious – this is an adaptation to the snow-covered environment. In addition, the Canadian Lynx is smaller and lighter than the Eurasian Lynx, and has long hind legs so that it does not get stuck in deep snow. In addition, it has a thick fur around the paws which serves as snow shoes – this helps the animal walking on the top of the snow cover.

On May 10 and 17 2017, two Red Deer fawns were born in our Zoo. This species also lives in Slovakia in high altitude mountain ranges. Outside the breeding period, males, same as in Wild Boars or Coati species, live alone. Females, together with their offspring, live in groups that can have up to 50 members. They are mostly active at dusk. Their predators are wolves, but bears can catch young deer or injured individual (healthy adult deer escapes the bear). The youngsters can also be caught by lynx. Males defend themselves by their antlers. Females rely on vigilance, which is assured by group life - several females are on patrol while others are grazing, then they swap their roles.

On May 18, another male Llama was born, his name is Tom. He is mostly brown, just like his father Bodyo. His mother´s name is Alegra.

On May 30 2017 a Turkmenian Kulan calf was born in our Zoo. Mother of the calf is Principa, fother´s name is Henry. This Asian wild ass carries several primitive (found in their ancestors) characteristics on their body which they share with Przewalski Horses and other wild equine species. These features are: sandy body, white stomach, short standing mane, a dark stripe at the top of the back going from the top of the tail to the mane, horizontal dark stripes or dark coloured lower part of the limbs.

On Juny 4 2017 another Turkmenian Kulan calf was born in Zoo Bratislava. Mother´s name is Marka, fother´s name is Henry.

On June 11 2017 Domestic Pygmy Goats were born in our Zoo.

On June 12 2017, another Ring-tailed Lemur baby was born into the group. Mother is Nela, fother´s name is Riško. All lemur species live on the island of Madagascar, near the east coast of Africa. Striped tails have several functions: (1) lemurs hold them raised when they move in high grass, thus maintaining group cohesion, (2) they help maintain balance when walking on branches, and (3) males smear them with odor glands secretion and swing them above their heads towards other males in so-called stinky fights. Lemur group is commanded by the most experienced female that is our Kasijy, males stay on the edge of the group. Accordingly, this is how you can recognize our breeding male, the father o our offspring, Riško.

On June 25 2017, five Indian Peafowl birds hatched in our Zoo. Peafowls belong to the Galliformes order, same as pheasants with which they are close relatives. However, pheasants live in colder climates of northern hemisphere, while peafowls live in warm areas of southern hemisphere, especially in India. With their long claws they dig worms and insects from underneath the ground, but they also enjoy to eat reptiles (e.g. lizards) or amphibians (frogs). In addition, peafowls feed on plant food (seeds, sprouts, grains, flowers, leaves, roots ...), meaning they are typical omnivores.

On 24, 25, 27, and 28 June 2017, four Greater Flamingo birds hatched in our Zoo. Mating begins with elaborate group displays which stimulate hormonal signals that begin breeding behaviour in other members of the flock. Courtship displays include exaggerated versions of their neck stretching (this way the pair protects the nest when incubating an egg) and preening activities. There are also group displays, like marching together and turning simultaneously. Greater Flamingos are polygynandrous, meaning that they may change mates between years.

On July 2 and 3 2017, two Domestic Ouessant Sheep lambs, white form, were born in our Zoo. It is one of the smallest breeds of sheep. Most individuals are black in colour, but white forms sometimes occur. These live mowers graze the grass almost to the roots, but they do not tear the plants out together with their roots (unlike them, the goats pull the grass out with roots and thus damage the vegetation). In Paris, they use a small herd of sheep as urban lawn mowers.

On July 5 2017, a Mute Swan hatched in our Zoo. This species is the second largest species of swan, and is one of the most heaviest species of flying birds. The young birds hatch in two colours: grey and white; the white ones bear the leucist gene (they posses less pigment), the same as our white tiger or white lion. Young adults reach adult size in three months. Gray colour changes to white in one year.

On July 7. 7. and  July 10 2017 another Greater Flamingo birds hatched in our Zoo.

On July 17. 2017 another  Sleder-tailed Meerkats were born in our Zoo.

On August 7 2017, a European Bison offspring was born in our Zoo. Mother’s name is Princezná, father’s name is Cvajan.

On July 23 2017, a Dik-dik offspring was born in our Zoo. There are two females and one male in the enclosure. You can recognize the male from the females by their size: male is smaller than the females and has got horns on the top of its head. Beneath the eyes, the Dik-diks have got black spots which are scent glands, they produce a dark sticky secretion. Dik-diks stick small pieces of grass or sticks into the opening of the gland, onto which the secretion is captured. They leave the small scented pieces on the ground to mark their territory.

On October 29 2017 five Black Swans hatched in our Zoo. This Australian bird species is monogamous, at least for one season, sometimes longer or for a lifetime. After the offspring leave the nest, their parents feathers which secure flying, therefore they are unable to fly for about a month. Due to safety reasons, they spend their time sitting in open water like lakes etc. during this time, where there is aquatic plants for them to eat.

On November 24 2017, a female Nilgai antelope was born in our Zoo. In this species, sexual dichromatism is prominent – while females and juveniles are orange to tawny, adult males have a bluish-grey coat Only males possess horns. Similar as in other species (Wild Boar, South American Coati, European Bison), Nilgai also live in groups: females and their offspring live together, while adult bulls are let into group during rut season.


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