Same-sex heron couple are good parents


This video is called Building a nest: black-crowned night heron.

Translated from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands:

Chick grows up at lesbian black-crowned night heron parents’ nest

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:52

Two female black-crowned night herons decided a few weeks ago to build a nest together. They deposited in it nine unfertilized eggs, but still now they together bring up a chick in Amersfoort zoo.

The caretakers of the Amersfoort DierenPark have about two weeks ago put another couple’s chick in the nest of the two ladies. “The biological parents had two youngsters, but did not give them enough food,” said chief animal caretaker Bas Aalders. ”In order to ease the task of the parents, we have placed one youngster in another nest. Both chicks are growing well now.”

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Slow loris twins born in Amersfoort zoo


This video is about the birth, earlier this month, of slow loris twins in the building for nocturnal animals in Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands.

Loris trade not so slow! Learn about these incredible creatures and kick start our campaign to protect them! Here.

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Himalayan monal news


Himalayan monal, female and male

Translated from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands:

Himalayan monal grows up in spite of everything

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 14:27

More than three months ago, the two Himalayan monals of DierenPark Amersfoort were killed during the night by a predator, probably a fox. The female had laid two eggs immediately before that event, which remained without parents. The rapid intervention of the Amersfoort caretakers caused one of the eggs to hatch some time ago. The daughter has grown and is now on display in a safe reconstructed compound.

”The Himalayan monal couple during the last two years had eggs every now and then, but they did not hatch. Hence, we thought that these eggs would be infertile as well,” says animal nurse Ester Beije. ”To be safe rather than sorry we have laid the eggs in the incubator and this little miracle happened.”

The Himalayan monal compound was adjusted immediately after the accident. There are additional bars now placed low to the ground, so that no predators can enter. The chick is raised during the first weeks of her life with a young peacock, so they could keep each other company. The young peacock now runs among his ilk in the park.

The young lady is now just getting used to her new environment. However, she may soon welcome a mate. DierenPark Amersfoort received a Himalayan monal male which now lives in a residence next to the female. ”Next week, we expect to introduce the two birds to each other, enabling them to become the new Himalayan monal couple in DierenPark Amersfoort”, the animal caretaker says.

White tigers, welcome back!


This video, from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands, says about itself (translated):

Aug 15, 2013

After a long time, people can admire the white tigers again in the zoo. As a surprise a nice breakfast for these carnivores hangs in their compound. Take a look at these spectacular images!

The tigers went back to their compound after it had been reconstructed.

Baby zebra born


This is a video about a young male Grévy’s zebra. He was born on 8 July in Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands.

The name of the new born zebra is Nelson.

Baby collared lizards in Dutch zoo


Baby collared lizards in Dutch Amersfoort zoo

Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands reports that in the end of May this year eight healthy baby common coloured lizards have hatched from eggs.

This is a video about the eight youngsters.

In Amersfoort zoo are three adult common coloured lizards; one male, two females. Both females have laid eggs. This is the first time ever that eggs of this species have hatched in Amersfoort zoo.

This species lives in the southern United States and Mexico.

Lemur babies born


This is a video about ring-tailed lemurs, from the BBC’s “Life” documentary series.

Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands reports that young ring-tailed lemurs were born there recently.

Also, two young donkeys were born.

And the vultures have eggs in their nests.

Vulture egg in Dutch Amersfoort zoo


This video is called Griffon vultures in Bulgaria – part 1.

Part 2 is here.

Translated from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands:

Vulture egg discovered

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A vulture couple in Amersfoort zoo has laid an egg. A few weeks ago, two pairs of vultures started to build nests. In one of these nests an egg has now been found now.

The breeding season for the vultures in the City of Antiquity has arrived. In DierenPark Amersfoort eight griffon vultures live. Of these birds, two couples have made ​​nests. Last year a vulture couple also laid an egg, but it broke because of conflict among the birds. ”The nests were too close to each other then; now the vultures fortunately have chosen to build nests farther apart, so they do not get in each other’s way,” says biologist Raymond van der Meer.

Father and mother take turns at breeding the egg, they will also take care of the chick together. Vultures breed on average eight weeks before the chick hatches from the egg. After about four months the youngsters will be able to fly away from the nest.

Three years ago was the last time when a griffon vulture was raised in Amersfoort zoo. ” The young vultures participate in a reintroduction program, this means that the animals will be freed in the Balkans.In this way, the zoo supports the wild population,” said the biologist of DierenPark Amersfoort.

UPDATE August 2013: the Amersfoort zoo young griffon vulture has fledged.

Rare bats winter in World War I monument


This music video is about the carillion playing in the monument in Amersfoort, the Netherlands for Belgian World War I refugees.

Today, there is not only bat news from the Caribbean.

This video says about itself:

Natterer’s bat roost in a UK barn

Feb 3, 2013

This short video shows adult Natterer’s bats swarming around the entrance to a hidden roost in a cavity behind the lower end of the brace. Young bats can be seen emerging, maybe even taking their first flights. It was filmed on 14 July 2012 in England using a Sony HDR-SR10E which has O lux with night shot. You don’t need Super night shot which doesn’t work for filming emerging bats in the dark. I also used two separate Infra Red light sources – preferably ones which can diffuse the light.

I used two IRLamp6 from Bat Conservation & Management in the States which are excellent but they are very expensive. This set up has not disturbed these bats as filming took place in total darkness. Check the country’s legal status for bats as some have very strict laws on bat disturbance and a license might be required.

Translated from Bureau Waardenburg in the Netherlands:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On the Amersfoort Mountain there is a special building: The Belgian Monument. This monument is special in several respects. The building dates from 1919. It is the largest memorial in the Netherlands. It is a gift from Belgians to thank for the reception of refugees during the First World War. Now it appears that it is also special for another reason: bats hibernate here. …

In January 2013 Bureau Waardenburg examined the use of the monument. In total we counted at least 65 hibernating bats: 32 Daubenton’s bats, 29 Natterer’s bats, a common long-eared bat and three unidentifiable animals. So many bats had not previously been counted in a winter residence in Amersfoort. The observations of the Natterer’s bats are particularly special: this species was only recently seen for the first time ever in Amersfoort and its whereabouts were not yet known.

Baby giant millipedes in Dutch zoo


In Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands, recently not only a baby pygmy slow loris was born.

Also eleven young giant African millipedes were born, as this Dutch language video shows.