Animal antics at Hellabrunn Zoo

The nature reserve on the banks of the Isar River is covered with lush green trees and meadows, where the sky is bright blue and many species of newborn animals frolic in their enclosure at Hellabrunn Zoo, including the cute yak calves, Takine and Elche. And even high above the ground in the trees within the enclosures, the young offspring of the black-headed spider monkeys, orangutans and silvery gibbons swing happily from branch to branch.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Daniela Hierl

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Daniela Hierl

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Eva Korb

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

After a rather cool spring, the first signs of the approaching summer appeared at the end of the Bavarian Whitsun school holidays. But visitors to the zoo are not the only ones enjoying the warm temperatures, the animals at Hellabrunn also like to bask in the June sunshine.

Whether sunbathing on the climbing islands like the black-headed spider monkeys and silvery gibbons or relaxing under a dense growth of trees in one of the many areas of shade, you can now discover newborn residents all around the zoo. Riggs, the yak calf, ups the cute factor at Hellabrunn with his bright, fleecy fur. Like Ramona, the takin calf, he looks so adorable that he resembles a stuffed animal. And following the birth of elk twins at the end of May, another female member of the herd, Beate, also gave birth to a calf named Rea on 8 June.

Another enclosure with newborns that is worth a visit is the flamingos. Here you can catch a glimpse of the chicks as they grow. The largest of the 10 chicks is already just under 50 cm tall. Other new additions can be found in the enclosures of the common eland, capybaras and dama gazelle.

A must-see baby animal for visitors to Hellabrunn Zoo is the polar bear cub Quintana - she can be seen frolicking happily both indoors and outdoors in the Polar World and pestering mum Giovanna every day to play with her. Also, the three orangutan babies, especially the two older boys Quentin and Quinn, who are growing bigger with each passing day, can be seen enjoying the sunny weather in their outdoor enclosure.

The wide variety of new births at Hellabrunn reflects the diversity of species living at the zoo. However all animals born this year will have one thing in common: every animal born at Hellabrunn in 2017 will be given a name beginning with the letter "R". This allows each animal's age to be quickly determined even years later, without having to consult the zoo's database, which naturally is also maintained.