Southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)
Zoologischer Garten Augsburg
So, if you happen to be in Bavaria and, at the same time, love to visit zoos, then this zoo deserves your attention. A small park where you can see about 80 species of animals and 200 species of birds (about 1500 animals in total), as well as invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles.
The current zoo was founded on June 12, 1937, although it was closed a few years later for obvious reasons, but soon, in the summer of 1946, it reopened its gates to visitors. Now its area is only 22 hectares, while the exposition is built in such a way that, moving along one alley from the entrance, you, sooner or later, will come to it, that is, to the exit.
The entrance to the zoo, as elsewhere in Germany, does not carry any pomp and sets the visitors up for a suburban mood. The territory of the park does not stand out with a particularly beautiful landscape, although there are several reservoirs here, and thanks to good landscaping, the zoo looks cozy.
Immediately after the entrance to the park, an unusually green island opens up for African lions. The water in the pool blooms quite strongly; several powerful pumps are installed here, forcing it to circulate. The winter room of the lion's house is glazed so that from the inside there is a view of the summer aviary of lions. Here, the expositions of cheetahs and fenechs are arranged in a similar way.
The summer enclosure for desert chanterelles fenechs shook me again with lush, juicy greenery, and the winter enclosure surprised me with an unusual joint exposition with a pair of kalao-trumpeters. You can see the birds perfectly, but you need to look for chanterelles here.
Nearby, in the same "glass", you can find two male Far Eastern leopards. They live together in the same aviary. We were surprised by their names - Mikhail and Boris. I wonder if there is a pattern in this? In general, the inhabitants of the Augsburg Zoo often have nicknames that coincide with the names popular in Russia.
There are many birds in the zoo. Unfortunately, the fine mesh of their enclosures and the lack of lighting did not allow me to take many passable pictures. It was in this zoo that at one time I first saw the most beautiful Chilean wiggles from South America.
Usually visitors walk through aviaries with birds at a brisk pace, stopping here for a few seconds, but to the aviary with ringed teals, which were temporarily settled among small birds in the Tropical House, I made my way through the crowd! And only miracles - a solid brood of ducklings with their parents was planted here! And although there was no opportunity to feed these birds, children and adults could not be taken away from the enclosure! Here I could only see the father of the family.
A large group of lesser flamingos attracts attention with brightly colored beaks and plumage. There are many birds, no mirrors are needed here to create the feeling of a flock. Before my visit to Augsburg, I could only see small African flamingos in the Rostov Zoo, where six birds were brought in in the 90s from the London Zoo. I liked the glass enclosure in Augsburg, which creates the feeling of a larger space.
Small songbirds of Eurasia are kept as in our country, but the aviary with noses stands out for its size. There are many climbing trees, special logs and ladders. It is interesting that the enclosure fence is simply smoothly plastered and there are no electric shepherds here. Small nososhata delight visitors with their games!
At one of the lakes, open-air cages with cranes and, where without them in Germany, white storks were stretched out.
I liked the enclosures with mountain ungulates. Goats live here in large groups and reproduce. You can admire Dagestan tours and horned goats only through the glass of the observation deck, arranged in the area of animal feeders. Here, at the very bottom of the exposition, we look at the aviary going up. But a completely concreted hill with Alpine ibex can be bypassed from all sides.
As in most cases, Canadian beavers could only be seen indoors through the window of the house. The beavers slept with only their paws and flat tails on display.