Elasmobranch husbandry and health management workshop accomplished with great success in Nyíregyházi Állatpark - SóstóZoo, Hungary.
53 participants from 15 countries, 4 days,18 lectures and 6 hours of practical courses in the topic of physiology, nutrition, veterinary management, breeding, capture and translocation of elasmobranchs and sustainable population management.
SóstóZoo proud to be part of such a dedicated professional community from and beyond Europe and share the most current scientific knowledge.
Thank you for joining the first Happy Bears Day international event.
This day mainly focuses on all the different species of bears.
Some educational suggestions and ideas:
This is a good opportunity to collect donations from the public, including financial donations. ( Any extra financial donations would further any in-situ conservation programs).
If you have the opportunity, you could do some fund raising for the in-situ programmes that take place in different locations around the world. For example, you could ask for one euro per visitor.
- You could sell any souvenirs that are connected with bears e.g keyrings, mugs or t-shirts
- Sell cookies, cakes or muffins that are designed to look like a bear.
- You could sell the Nyiregyhaza Zoo’s Bear Book which was designed for children – and is available in English and Hungarian in book form, or as an electriconic copy in German and Czech. However, if required, it can be printed in these languages too. The price of the book is 6 euros but obviously you can sell it for a higher price if you wish and the surplus could go towards the in-situ conservation programs.
Programs – the sky is the limit! You can have all sorts, the followings are just a few ideas that we came up with.
- Teddy bear beauty contest
- Reading of any poem about bears or it can be any famous quotes about bears.
- Quizzes about bears for different age groups ( for the little ones it could be as simple as : how many famous animated bear characters do you know ? e.g Winnie the Pooh, Mr Bean’s Teddy Bear or Yogi Bear)
- Educational talk and bear feeding at the bear enclosures ( different rewards could be given to the bears after the talk so that the bears can enjoy it too).
- You can invite local bee keepers who could offer their products to the public.
- You could invite local professionals who could talk about all the wild bears that are native to your country.
- Face painting or craft corner where the visitors could make different bear objects. You can find further ideas for craft corners if you click on the link below
You can make different enrichment items for the bears that live within your zoo, for example, creating a hive-shaped piñata.
- We are going to send you soon short films of these in-situ programs that you could play for the visitors.
- Try to involve nurseries, pre-schools and primary schools that would happily participate in this special “bear day”. They could have a craft session where they would build different bear shaped items such as “bear ear headbands” and “bear footprints” made out of plaster.
- You could invite creative artists who could sing different songs, tell stories or recite different poems about bears.
- You could also do a public post before the event asking visitors to draw a picture or take a really good photo of the bears at your zoo. The best ones could then be placed around the zoo for other visitors to see.
Join the EAZA BEAR TAG official Facebook page where you can be notified about all the new information. This is where you can also download the event’s official logo, other educational elements and the event’s official blank poster so you can design your own with the chosen programms. Dont be afraid to download it!
Do not forget to take photos of the event and share them on social media using the following hash tags, #happybearsday #eazabeartag .
From the following link, you can download the official logos of the event and a blank poster so that you can design your own, with the chosen programs.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to message me.
Remy and Zsuzsa
To participate in this day, contact us by email at
Rémy GAILLOT firstname.lastname@example.org or
Zsuzsa PETRÓ email@example.com
Gio got a new partner who is the only one male Sumatran tiger in Hungary (2019.02.19.)
The world’s rarest predator came to our zoo from Rotterdam in 2014 in the program of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The rare cat is the park’s pride because of his arrival we have 4 species of tigers – the Siberian, the white Bengali, the Malay and the Sumatran tiger – that we show.
The Sumatran tiger’s coordinator placed a Dutch female with a perfect genetic features next to the male in 2015, but pairing them did not bring the desired offsprings, so the program recommended a new female to the excessively valuable male due to the conservation of the species.
Zoja, the new female was born in Warsaw, but until now she was living in France and a few weeks ago is a resident of the Nyíregyháza Zoo. The tigers got to meet after the quarantine period which their caretakers were watching holding their breath because sometimes there is aggression while getting use to each other.
The tigers first meeting was smooth and they can only be seen at the Nyíregyháza Zoo, so the 11 years old Zoja now has a boyfriend who is the 8 years old male, Gio. There is a big duty on the Sumatran tigers because their subspecies is endangered by extinction.
The family of the felines well-known predators are the tigers which are the biggest and the strongest. The tiger is one of the endangered species which was pushed to the edge of extinction because of mankind. Three (Bali, Caspian and Javanese) out of the nine subspecies are completely extinct and the professionals declared the other six subspecies (Siberian, Bengali, Indian, South-Chinese, Malay and Sumatran) endangered.
The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is the smallest and the southernmost living subspecies of the tigers. The species living in the wild appear on the island of Sumatra (Indonesia) at lower mainlands and mountain forests. They are lonely hunters and their preys are mostly mid-sized herbivorous animals.
The Sumatran tigers are critically endangered species because of the destruction of their natural habitat and poaching.
In the year of 1970 the number of tigers living in the wild were about a 1000 species, in 1996 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated the number of the Sumatran tigers to 250, therefore the subspecies are ranked into the category of critically endangered.
Currently 400 species live in the wild while in zoos around the world approximately 300, two of them live in the Nyíregyháza Zoo.