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09.04.15

What's new in Hellabrunn's Show Arena

Hellabrunn Zoo now offers two new attractions at the Show Arena: The new shows Falconer at Work and Meet the Domestic Animals will complement the existing programme - the Birds of Prey and Aerobatic Pigeon shows.

Copyright: Hellabrunn Zoo/Marc Müller

Copyright: Hellabrunn Zoo/Marc Müller

Copyright: Hellabrunn Zoo/Marc Müller

Copyright: Hellabrunn Zoo/Marc Müller

Copyright: Hellabrunn Zoo/Marc Müller

Copyright: Hellabrunn Zoo/Marc Müller

Have you ever wondered how a falconer spends his day? Or how the birds of prey at the zoo in Munich are trained? The new show Falconer at Work offers great entertainment with exciting flying demonstrations and an insight into the life of a falconer provided by a professional.

Tito, the five-year barn owl, is perched on the leather glove of the falconer who explains how birds of prey are reared at Hellabrunn Zoo. Children, as well as adults, sitting in the Show Arena listen attentively. The chick is taken from its nest before it even opens it eyes, and for the first eight weeks of life it is taken along everywhere by the falconer during the formative stage. As a chick, Tito's nest was a small basket in the keeper's lounge and he would accompany him on every walk. "As the bird grows, his trust in humans also grows," explains the falconer. "At the age of about eight weeks flight training can begin."

Zoo director Rasem Baban hopes the new demonstrations in the Show Arena will help to bring visitors closer to wildlife: "Falconers have a very exciting job, but very few people know exactly what they do. Hellabrunn Zoo now offers daily demonstrations in the Show Arena, all year round, during which a falconer tells exciting stories from his professional life. In the show the follows, we present various species of domestic animals such as ponies and goats. Children really love this show, because naturally they will be given an opportunity to stoke the animals."

The animals presented in the second of the new demonstrations in the Hellabrunn Show Arena - domestic animals such as goats, ponies, alpacas and llamas - are alternated on a daily basis. The demonstration also includes endangered domestic animals like the Girgentana goat, originally from Sicily. Children visiting the Show Arena are allowed to stroke the little goats - Poseidon, Penelope and Pumuckl are only about two months old. Directly after the 15-minute show Meet the Domestic Animals, the keeper will invite visitors to venture on the Animal Walk. The popular walk allows visitors to accompany various animals from the Children's Zoo on a small tour of the zoo. Along the way they will have an opportunity to get to know the animals first hand and ask the keeper questions.

10.30 am: Falconer at Work, daily show, year round
11.00 am: Meet the Domestic Animals, daily show, year round
11.15 am: Animal Walk, daily, year round; meeting point Show Arena