Did you know that a hedgehog wears 8,000 spikes and can even capture mice, that storks can differ in their differently colored throat sac or that cranes break their voices at the age of 15 months?
We found out all these and other exciting facts and connections in our zoo. And although you should assume that everything is already known about the mentioned animal species there are still many gaps in knowledge.
The red panda is a particular focus of our research. It has been successfully kept in the Görlitz zoo since 1997. Since then activity rhythms, vocalization as well as eating, playing, mating and rearing behavior have been documented and published.
With a notebook, camera and tape we also track the youth development of other animal species whose biology from the wild is not yet known a lot about. Field studies outside the zoo are also part of the programme. On the one hand we are interested in the wildlife of our home "sponsorship areas" (white stork, vertebrates of the Königshain mountains and others). On the other hand foreign species that we want to show in our zoo or whose way of life is still largely unknown are being investigated.