The Storchenwiese is one of the largest facilities in the zoo. You will of course find the white storks immediately! But which birds can you still discover here?
In addition to the white storks, the meadow also houses a few domestic geese. Some of them are free in the zoo during the day and therefore not necessarily found in the facility. Pomeranian geese are colored gray or white. It is a very old goose breed that has been bred specifically for meat processing since shortly before the end of the Middle Ages. You can live to be over 20 years old!
Now pay closer attention to the storks. Some of them keep their wings strange or run strange. How could that have happened?
Our storks all come from our wildlife sanctuary. Injured wild animals are taken in and, if possible, taken care of again and released back into nature. However, some animals are so badly injured that they can no longer survive in the wild. Our storks are such specimens, they can never fly again. That is why our low fence is sufficient as an enclosure.
How do storks hurt themselves so much? Sometimes there are car accidents. Even violent territorial fights can cause serious damage. However, most of our storks fell out of the nest as chicks, with serious consequences. Another very serious source of danger is high-voltage power lines.
Now it's your turn! Try to "fly" through the power lines like a stork! Under no circumstances should you touch them!
(The power line game is directly behind the wader house.)
It was pretty difficult, wasn't it? But storks can do much more! Have you noticed that they often only stand on one leg? Try how long you can do it!
When birds rest or sleep, they often stand on one leg. This can best be observed in long-legged birds such as storks, flamingos or herons, but short-legged birds such as duck, pigeon or some songbirds also show this behavior.
The birds do not have to balance. Storks, flamingos and other long-legged birds have a special joint. When they stretch one leg, the joint snaps in like a pocket knife. This way the bird stands safely without straining its muscles.
The function is not yet clear. The one-legged position presumably reduces the heat loss through the bare legs, since at least the drawn leg is close to the body. For the same reason, birds put their beaks in their feathers when they sleep.
A flock of storks moves to the south because winter is coming soon.
But only a shadow belongs to the stork shown. Can you find out which one it is?