Berlin Zoo

Zoo BerlinDue to some plane troubles in France,  we ended up traveling through Berlin so Lesley could make a meeting. During our visit we managed to get some free time to visit the Berlin Zoo with Marlis. 

Zoo Berlin is the oldest zoo in Germany with the world"s largest number of species.

One of Zoo Berlin’s characteristic features is its juxtaposition of historical and modern animal houses, relating during a single visit to the zoo the whole history of over one and a half centuries of animal keeping. Even buying the admission ticket transports you back to the nineteenth century.

The entrance to the zoo on Budapester Strasse is the reconstructed Elephant Gate of 1899 that was completely destroyed in the last war and resurrected in all its original detail in 1984. Two recumbent elephants of Elbe sandstone bear a sweeping roof ornamented with elaborate carvings and East Asian paintings. As equally inviting as a hundred years previously, the Gate entices the guest into a zoo world of exotic fauna. It is one of the most photographed sights in Berlin.

The polar bear exhibit was the best, with the glass wall you got to get up close and personal with the bears.  Here one is playing with a sheet that has been put in the water. It is the polar bear tango, of course! A view of the polar bear encounter area, with the glass, they come right up to meet you.

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A Same-Sex Penguin Couple Has Adopted an Egg at a Berlin Zoo - Mental Floss
A Same-Sex Penguin Couple Has Adopted an Egg at a Berlin Zoo  Mental Floss

At first glance, king penguins Skip and Ping don't appear to be too remarkable a sight when viewed by spectators at their enclosure at Germany's Zoo Berlin.

Same-sex penguin couples keep adopting eggs, and the Berlin Zoo is celebrating - The Washington Post
Same-sex penguin couples keep adopting eggs, and the Berlin Zoo is celebrating  The Washington Post

BERLIN — To the untrained eye, Skipper and Ping look like a typical king penguin couple. Standing side by side at the Berlin Zoo with their flippers touching, ...

Male penguins at Berlin Zoo adopt an egg - FOX 29
Male penguins at Berlin Zoo adopt an egg  FOX 29

People are flocking to the zoo in Berlin, Germany, to see a pair of male penguins who are trying to have a family together. The pair could soon hatch a chick after ...

A gay penguin couple adopted an egg in a Berlin zoo - WCVB Boston
A gay penguin couple adopted an egg in a Berlin zoo  WCVB Boston

After fruitless attempts to hatch stones and fish, a gay penguin couple at a German zoo may finally be able to parent a chick of their own. Zoo Berlin officials ...

Broody male penguin couple adopt abandoned egg at Berlin Zoo - Reuters
Broody male penguin couple adopt abandoned egg at Berlin Zoo  Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - A pair of male king penguins at Berlin Zoo are fulfilling a long-standing ambition to become parents, by adopting an egg abandoned by its ...

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