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Weekend destination: Animal Family Day at Riga Zoological Garden

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFour marsupial martens have been recently moved to Riga Zoological Garden from Germany. It is planned form mating pairs with males from the Tropical House exposition.

These animals are very curious: they have been intensely exploring their enclosure in search for food. Marsupial martens are carnivores that feed on insects, larvae, worms, and small animals. Previously these marsupials were found in Australia and Tasmania. Unfortunately, due to different diseases and hunting, they are now found only in Tasmania. Marsupial martens are endangered species. They are also added in the World Red Book of Endangered Species. 120 marsupial martens are kept in zoos around the world. 50 of them are in different Australian zoos. This means that by keeping these animals in zoos, it is possible to preserve these animals, as reported by Riga Zoological Garden.

At the end of the week – 14th-15th May – visitors of the zoological garden, especially families, are welcome to have a look at animal families. Spring is the most active season for animal families.

An informative workshop ‘Animal communities’ will be active throughout 12:00-16:00.

To make Animal Family Day more fun, Riga Zoological Garden and 1188 information service will offer special discounts to visitors – 50% off. This discount is offered to visitors who print out special coupons from 1188 website’s coupon section. With this coupon, the ticket price will be only EUR 3 for adults and EUR 2 for children, students and pensioners on 14th-15th May.

Riga Zoological Garden also announces that forest owls have begun nesting rather unexpectedly this year. The nest has been constructed on the ground at the corner of the enclosure, not in a cavity of a tree trunk, as it is normal for this species. The mother spends much of her time keeping her young warm. Nevertheless, it is possible to spot the little owls from time to time.

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