Autumn in the Cologne Zoo
Last weekend my godson came to visit me with his mom. I’m always happy to hang out with him, because he’s a) an incredibly sharp and funny three-year-old, and b) I get to do stuff I would normally feel ridiculous doing by myself (like getting crazy at the playground or messing around in the fallen leafs). So this time we went to the zoo. It was a sunny, golden October day and the animals were out and about enjoying the warm temperatures.
Okay, this one doesn’t exactly belong to the exibition.
This hippo really enjoyed the attention of an old lady who “petted” it through the glass wall.
Crocodiles cuddled together for an afternoon nap.
Muntjak is what they are called in German. Really don’t know the English name. They have the smallest feet ever!
Apart from the animals, the Cologne Zoo also puts a lot of thought and detail into their plants and flowers. Beeing one of the the oldest zoos in Germany (t was founded in 1860), it’s full of big old trees and historic buildings. Those old buildings are mostly used as storage facilities nowadays, because the standards for the compounds has changed quite a bit.
This is one of the three tiger cubs from this February. I posted about the tragedy of the tigerfamily here. He’s gotten really big since I last saw him, but is still very playful and curious. The children at the glass wall had the time of their lifes.
There was a new baby in the elephant herd a couple of weeks back. They females were still very protective and shielded it from the rest of the herd (there are 13 elephants living in the new elephant dome).
The sealion-feeding was a great experience. Looks like she’s saying “Thanks for coming to my show”.