15/04/2014

New season at the Barcelona Zoo


One of the major novelties is The Botanical Guide, in which the most characteristic 50 trees and 50 bushes are described.

Visitors could also visit the new installations buildes at the Zoo, and the recently born orangutans and mongooses.  

This April starts the new season at the Barcelona Zoo and it is full of novelties, like the publication Botanical Guide of the Barcelona Zoo, the the birth of some young, new facilities and a new edition of the workshops, all actions made in line with the three basic aims of the Zoo: conservation, research, conservation and education.

The Ciutadella Park acts as a green lung of the city, and only on the grounds of the Zoo itself there are more than 300 plant species. In this sense, the Botanical Zoo Guide is a work made with educational and informative vocation towards biodiversity and the need to know about it and protect it.

In the Botanical Guide are described the most characteristic 50 trees and 50 bushes in the Zoo and serves as a quality supplement during the visit of the Park, while it becomes a great reference for deeper understanding of flora of the city. From each of plant in the Guide there is a complete record information, which identifies the characteristics of each spice. Furthermore, there is a map-guide with a numerical legend, which allows visitors to easily locate the each specie.

Labelling the Zoo

In order to strengthen the Guide and enrich the experience and the visit, there have also been placed mark signs in the locations of the different to provides information regarding the species. Thus, the labels represent a perfect complement to the new publication, offering information found in the Guide, but they also incorporate QR codes that add additional knowledge.

New facilities and births

The opening of the new season is also a good opportunity to visit the new facilities that had been built recently at the Zoo. Visitors who come to the park can have a look at the installation for the hippos, which recreates a river area with a sandy zone and riparian vegetation, reeds, papyrus and water plants, and a rocky area with a small waterfall for recreate as closely as possible the natural habitat of these animals. 

Visitors can also see the new installation for the elephants, which has been expanded the double of its previous surface. The new facility has been built on a variable terrain, which is modified periodically. A food station to 8 meters allowing elephants recreate their eating habits has also been built.

This new season also is a good opportunity to reach out to meet the new babies who are born at the Zoo. At the end of March several young grated mongoose were born, and they have already acquired the necessary strength to go out with the rest of the group strength. And a few months ago, in October and January respectively, were born Balu and Hadia, two baby Bornean Orangutan, who already fully integrated into the group. They demonstrate the Barcelona Zoo reproductive success with this species, as in the past 5 years have been 4 births of these endangered animals.

In addition, visitors can see the Komodo dragon babies once their sex has been determined and the veterinary team considered that they develop is normal enough to be transferred to the terrarium. Furthermore, visitors will be able to see the newts of the Montseny, a Catalan endemic and highly endangered species, with which the Zoo is working on a project of captive breeding to prevent their disappearance.

Zoo Farm

There are novelties in the Zoo Farm, also called the Children's Zoo, where children can have direct contact with domestic and farm species. This Easter the list of services has increased with the construction of a breastfeeding room. Also, The restaurant Farm expands its range of menus for both visitors and members of Zoo Club, and has opened a children's playground available to restaurant clients.

Easter Workshops

Like every year, Barcelona Zoo has prepared Easter Workshops, where children have the opportunity to spend the holidays in a pleasant environment, having fun and learning to respect animals . Between 14 and 17 April, will be able to participate in the workshop "Monkeys and apes", where through observation of the behavior of these animals children may be more aware of the issues affecting the conservation of species most endangered primates.

From 9 am to 4 pm children will be learning and playing in our facilities. In the morning, children will do activities with animals, participating in their maintenance and the will even be able to get close to them accompanied by educators. After lunch, they will do classroom activities like drawing, manual arts and work group dynamics, among other things.

More information about the workshop at www.zoobarcelona.cat

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