Cool summer party at Hellabrunn Zoo
The Munich summer is in full swing and the animals at Hellabrunn Zoo are keeping cool in a number of ways: whether it be an ice cake or an ice-cold shower, summertime treats allow the residents to relax and enjoy the warm temperatures.
Henry and Arken approach the frozen delicacies placed in their enclosure with much curiosity. The two maned wolves discover two ice cakes filled with delicious fruit, prepared by the zookeepers, which they lick to explore the taste. While Arken immediately tucks into the fruity refreshment, Henry chooses to wait until the cake has started to melt, making it easier to pluck the fruits from the ice.
Meanwhile, the orangutan family at Hellabrunn Zoo respond quite differently. They, too, receive tantalising ice treats, including two large ice cakes prepared by their keepers made from frozen tea, carrot juice and fruits. However as soon as the slider outside opens, the two orangutan girls Isalie and Jolie head straight for the icy attraction. And only a short time later, Bruno, the head of the family, can be seen enjoying a delicious ice cake in his hammock. The other members of the orangutan family - Jahe, Matra, Sitti and the three orangutan babies - also enjoy the cool summer delicacies. For nine-month-old Quinn this is his very first ice bomb. But the little one is bold and plucks up the courage to lick the big ice on his own.
For Olga the brown bear and the Siberian tigers Jegor and Ahimsa the summer treats offer a more varied menu: Olga enjoys peanuts, fruits and mealworms while having a bath in the moat and also likes to free the fruits from the ice cake, whereas Jegor and Ahimsa relax together in the shade of the dense trees of their enclosure to enjoy an ice treat variation filled with meat and fish.
A completely different type of refreshment is provided for Puri the young rhinoceros. Now almost two years old, the Indian Rhinoceros bull calf likes to have a cool shower from the water hose. Although he and mum Rapti are given a daily shower, when the sun shines in his outdoor enclosure it makes shower time twice as much fun.
"Each animal species behaves differently in hot temperatures. Many of them shift to lower gear and laze in the shade - just like us humans," explains zoo director Rasem Baban. "Naturally it makes a difference whether the animal is from the tropics or the Antarctic. African and Asian animals have no problems with the heat. They can clearly be seen enjoying the warmth with long sunbaths. For animals that prefer temperatures that are not as hot, we offer plenty of areas to relax in the shade - and of course there is always a cool ice cake or refreshing shower for our animals. This is enjoyed not only by Olga the brown bear, the orangutans and the Indian rhinoceroses, but also our visitors viewing the animals."