With regard to animal husbandry, there are two main geographical priorities in the Görlitz nature reserve: Europe and Central Asia. With the Oberlausitzer farm, our European pets have had a comprehensive, authentic and realistic facility for a long time. In order not to present our Asian pets in individual houses and enclosures, the foundation stone was laid for the Tibet village in 2005. At the end of 2006 the building site was consecrated by a Tibetan monk.
In order to reproduce the living conditions of the animals and the Tibetan farmers as accurately as possible, some of our employees have traveled to Tibet on the roof of the world several times.They talked and lived with people on site, took photos, took measurements, looked over the shoulder of workers when building buildings and helped them with their daily work. We would like to pass this experience on to our visitors with heart and mind so that they get an idea of and above all a feeling for the people and animals in Tibet.
A region in western Tibet served as a model, which is characterized by a mixed construction of natural stone and wood. Yaks, camels and cashmere goats have been given a large common outdoor enclosure with high storage for hay and straw in the Tibetan style. The Tibetan pigs live in a separate house. In addition, various wild animals from the immediate vicinity of Tibetan settlements enrich the facility. For example, porcupines live in a ruin on the outskirts of the village, which can be fed and observed on their feeding table at close range. Blue crown jays, Chinese bamboo chickens and Edwards pheasants can be admired in a walk-in aviary.
In order to get a better picture of the typical Tibetan way of life and furnishings, a two-storey farmhouse is available to visitors. In comparison with the neighboring barn, the architectural styles, methods and use can be compared directly. Chortening, prayer flags, a water-powered prayer wheel, hand-held prayer wheels and mani stones convey impressions of the Buddhist religion.Trilingual signs inform about their meaning, the origin of the mandala in the Tibetan farmhouse or the handling of the grain mill. In the living room of the Tibetan farmhouse, a three-minute film tells of the establishment of the Tibetan village in the zoo.
We also want to provide information about current problems facing Tibetans. Educational deficits, inadequate medical care and environmental protection are just a few of these points. In the animal park we take part in the campaign "Raise the flag for Tibet" every year (www.tibet-flagge.de). The background is the popular uprising of March 10, 1959. The raising of the flag is a sign of democracy and human rights and against the forgetting of human rights violations, the destruction of the Tibetan culture and the oppression of the Tibetan population. Linked to this is the desire to preserve the impressive nature and culture of Tibet.
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