Cloudy and grey? No way! - There's a lot happening at Hellabrunn Zoo this autumn
November brings with it a certain bleakness linked with autumn. It gets dark earlier, and the days are often grey, wet and cloudy. But not at Hellabrunn Zoo. Even if the weather does not always play along, a walk through the zoo in autumn offers just the thing to brighten your day, with so many fascinating species to discover.
With coats almost as brown as the foliage in which they lie snuggled up together, must-see exhibits at the zoo include five recently born capybara pups, barely a few weeks old. The super-size rodents, originally from the tropical and subtropical regions of South America, are enjoying the last rays of the autumn sunshine before it becomes too cold outside and have to move into the Tropical House in the South America enclosure. There visitors can observe the little pups at play - separated only by a glass panel. New births were also welcomed among the zebras. Visitors can see the youngest member of the herd, who was born in mid-October, in its enclosure surrounded by colourful leafy trees.
But it's not just the many new births that make Hellabrunn attractive in autumn. The Siberian tigers Ahimsa and Jegor, for example, love to frolic in the rustling autumn leaves. The moose are currently in rutting season, which means the bull's antler has by now grown to a magnificent size. Other animals, such as the dama gazelle, seen roaming in the colourful leaves are simply beautiful to admire.
If, by chance, you feel the need to warm up during your autumn stroll then head for the new Elephant House. Here you can enjoy pleasant temperatures of ca. 20°C, even in the cooler months.
For some Hellabrunn residents, autumn signals the start of their long winter sleep. For example, Olga the brown bear, the marmots and the prairie dogs in the Americas enclosure will gradually begin looking for a cosy overwintering den to spend the cold season. However, for others, such as the wood bison, moose and wolves, the winter can't come quickly enough. These animals simply grow a winter coat of thick fur. Another sign of the dawn of a new season is the coat of the Arctic fox, which changes colour from brown to white to blend in with the snow for the approaching winter.
Winter opening times at Hellabrunn Zoo are 9 am - 5 pm, daily, from now until 31 March 2017.