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For the past three years, Hellabrunn Zoo has been responsible for coordinating the monitoring of white-blotched river stingrays in zoos and aquaria across Europe. The zoo also successfully breeds this South American stingray species on a regular basis. In a few days time, five of the white-blotched river stingrays born at Hellabrunn will be transferred from the zoo to Berlin Zoo's aquarium.
Days before their journey begins, the five Munich-born white-blotched river stingrays will be prepared for their transport north. "To ensure the animals do not get stressed, they will be allowed to become used to the darkness of the transport crates beforehand," explains aquarium curator Frank Müller.
The Munich Zoo Hellabrunn was founded in 1911 as the first Geo-zoo worldwide. The animals live according to their geographic distribution in complex communities.
Hellabrunn’s Species Conservation Center is a unique forum where zoo visitors can access an amazing amount of information about the zoo’s many projects.