When you visit a zoo, sometimes all you see are noses and tails. Animals are resting. They seek a hideaway and get comfortable, just like people do. Only few of them are active in the middle of the day or late in the night. Their behaviour doesn't change much in captivity. But what a shame to come to a zoo and be barely able to see a tail of an animal!
Zoo animals and birds are most active around their feeding time which they know very well. Most of the animals are fed twice a day and their natural cycle is shifted towards the day time. In order for you, our dear visitors, to see our animals energetic and bounce and admire their behaviour, demonstrational feedings are organized.
You can find the timetable of feedings on our website. This is how it happens. At the stated hour a keeper enters the enclosure and starts feeding animals by small portions. During this another keeper tells visitors about the species' biology and each animal's habits and quirks. Each feeding looks differently.
Pelicans come closer to keepers and catch fish in the water. Those who were hatched in captivity come to the shore and start pulling kepper's clothes gently. Cormorants usually catch fish in the air before it hits the water.
Otters dive in water arching their beautiful bodies gracefully or stand like little posts waiting for the food. We have two otters in our zoo and after the meal they usually play and jump.
Raccoons take their food and then demonstrate why they're called washing-bears. There is a brook at their enclosure where they wash their food. Monkeys' feedings allow you to see relations in their groups because every monkeys' family has its own structure and every monkey is an individuality.
Foxes eat part of the food and bury the rest, then decide that the food is not safe, dig it out and start pacing restlessly, thinking about where to hide it. Sables and martens do that, too, only that they have real forests in their enclosures and may jump on the branches.
Our yellow-throated marten was born in the zoo so it jumps onto the keeper's shoulders first and then starts checking his or her pockets - there must be something tasty in there!
Beavers are twilight creatures: you can see them in summer, in the violet hour, or during the feedings. That's when they swim, dive and come onto the shore. Or even plop the water with their tails!
White whales' feedings are real shows. Not long ago those sea animals were acting in the dolphinarium and now their feedings combine with practice. They show everything they've learned in the dolphinarium: they play ball, jump out of the water, dance and even sing! Note that animals "work" without any coercion. It would be really difficult to make an animal do something it doesn't want to. Food is not a deal here, belugas just love to play with visitors.
Come and see all this for yourself!