ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen: 3 HIPPOS sind wichtige Botschafter | zoos.media

ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen: 3 HIPPOS sind wichtige Botschafter | zoos.media


Hello, today we visit ZOOM Adventure World in Gelsenkirchen. We are here in front of our outdoor installation of the hippos. They share it with sitatungas and a couple of saddlebills. These are all species of Africa. They can use the whole installation together but we also have got the opportunity to separate them when the sitarungas would need some rest, for example. It works perfectly and pretty similar to a waterhole in Africa where the animals share a habitat, too. They are not peaceful all the time but that’s normal and all in all the husbandry works perfect. We’ve got one big male called Ernie. He’s 49 years old which is pretty old for a hippo. His two girls are Asita (16 years old) and Suse (35 years old). So, you can see one male with two females here – they get along very well and, at the moment, like to spend their time in the water because they feel comfortable there during these weather conditions. In summer and usually till October, as long as the weather allows it, the hippos stay outside the whole day and don’t use the indoor installation, where they also have a big pool they like to spend their time in during winter months. Only if the nights would be too cold (

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