Tierpark Berlin

Two Critically Endangered Baby Tigers For Sumatran Tiger Mayang

The Sumatran tiger is one of the most endangered big cats on earth. At Tierpark Berlin, there is now a new glimmer of hope for the preservation of the entire species: Female tiger Mayang (11) gave birth to two cubs at the beginning of September. After a sad setback with a previous litter (all four young tigers were born with a genetic disease) the zoo team is now particularly happy.

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Just In Time For World Giraffe Day: Offspring Among The Giraffes At Tierpark Berlin

For about 15 months, a small giraffe grows up in her mother's belly. When the time finally comes, the giraffe cow gives birth to its not so small offspring standing up. Now, almost just in time for World Giraffe Day on June 21, a small female giraffe has been born in Tierpark Berlin. Mother Amalka (8) and young animal are well and can already be seen in the giraffe house.

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Baby Dusky Pademelon Peeks Out Of The Pouch

Tierpark Berlin's youngest offspring is still a little sleepy as it peeks out of the pouch. For a few weeks now, Fridolin and Finja's joey has been showing itself to visitors more and more frequently. When exactly it was born is not entirely clear. At birth, Pademelon are only about the size of a gummy bear and crawl right into their mother's pouch. It can take several months to half a year for them to emerge for the first time.

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Gelada Baby Boom For Germany's Tierpark Berlin

2021 was a fruitful year for the troupe of Geladas at Germany's Tierpark Berlin.

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The youngest gelada was born on the 16th of November 2021.

The team confirms the gender only after some time.

The gestation period is 6 month and the mother breast-feeds the newborn for 1.5-2 years.

Geladas are the only species of primate in which the young can drink from both breasts at the same time, because the nipples are so close together.

Geladas have been kept at Tierpark Berlin since 1992.


Tierpark Berlin’s Polar Bear Cub Has Big Day Out

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Tierpark Berlin’s Polar Bear cub ventured outdoors for the first time recently. Keepers watched with pride as the cub left the den with her mother, Tonja, and explored the outdoor exhibit for the very first time.

“Today is an extremely special day for the entire team here at Tierpark Berlin,” reported Tierpark Director, Dr. Andreas Knieriem. “After months of nervous waiting and crossing our fingers, I can hardly put the feeling of relief into words. We are delighted that visitors will finally get to see our little Polar Bear...”

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The cub was born December 1, 2018 and spent the first three and a half months of her life with her mother, Tonja, in their maternity den. During that time, the helpless and tiny newborn grew into a strong and sturdy little bear.

“We are still extremely pleased with how the cub is developing,” said Polar Bear curator, Dr. Florian Sicks. “She has become so active and confident on her own four paws that it was clearly time for her to get outdoors.”

According to keepers, the cub has gained a lot of strength and confidence, so much so that during her second veterinary examination, she made it impossible for the team to weigh and measure her!

During her first introduction of the exhibit, the spritely young bear had hardly emerged from the den before she was off on a thorough exploration of her new surroundings. She clambered boldly over the rocks and even splashed around in the large pool.

“Young Polar Bears know instinctively how to swim as soon as they are big enough to leave the den with their mothers,” explained Sicks.

Protective mum Tonja never let her daughter out of her sight and was always standing by in case help was required.

According to the Zoo, Tonja and her cub will be spending time outdoors every day and will be on view to Tierpark visitors. Since outdoor adventures are rather tiring for small bears, the cub will still need to take regular rests with her mother in their den. The pair will therefore only be outside for a few hours at a time, especially in the early days.

The young Polar Bear is currently still yet-to-be-named, but Tierpark Berlin is in the process of deciding on the cub’s sponsor, which will then be involved in choosing a name. A decision on both the sponsor and the name is expected to be reached in early April.

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