The newest polar bear of Sóstó Zoo can already be seen by the general public. The two years old male was born in Rostock Zoo and lived there with his mother until now. Within the framework of the European Endangered Species Programme, he has been transported to Nyíregyháza for breeding. He came to be the pair of the older female living there.
Four colleagues of Sóstó Zoo travelled to bring the young, big bear who has a weight of 250 kilograms and can reach 7-800 kilograms for its adulthood.
In North Germany, the keepers from Nyíregyháza were informed about habits and favourite snacks of the male animal. They also discussed with the German colleagues how the animal could be accustomed to its new home without any problem.
Although living here only for a few days yet, it can be seen that Fiete feels happy in the zoo of the Szabolcs County capital. He is very active, swims and plays a lot and is getting to be acquainted with the female polar bear from a distance.
There is a special attention given to polar bears by the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) which moves the bears between the zoos within the framework of an international breeding program. The zoo population of polar bears has an important role in the survival of the species. There are 122 polar bears living in European zoos and so in Nyíregyháza which is the only zoo in Hungary keeping polar bears. Sóstó Zoo would like to rebuilt the present enclosure which includes two outside enclosures, a pool of 400 m3 and an air-conditioned cave. By this reconstruction, a new arctic exhibition which will be unique in Europe is planned to be accomplished.
The two animals are accustomed to each other gradually and after the acquaintance period they can be together in the large breeding enclosure. According to plans, a new young female will join them within a few months.
A male sand tiger shark has arrived to the Oceanarium of Sóstó Zoo. The reason to bring a new shark was to have a pair for the female living in the zoo.
The transportation of the 2 meters long predator to the county capital of Szabolcs was a special case. The 5 years old animal had outgrown the Warsaw Zoo’s aquarium and so the Polish experts would have liked to find a bigger place for him as soon as possible. However, they were not able to manage the capture of the animal and so the transportation was hindered for a long time.
At the same time, the professionals of Sóstó Zoo were pleased with the opportunity of finding a pair for their tiger shark and so they decided to make a plan for catching the animal at the Warsaw Aquarium and transport it to Nyíregyháza.
Few years ago, Sóstó Zoo has developed a simple but very practical device of capturing sharks in aquariums.
A special transport container in which the varying water parameters can be checked and regulate was made for the 48 hours long journey.
The action was successful and the new sand tiger shark has arrived to Sóstó Zoo. In return, Hungarians gave 4 oman cownose rays to the Polish friends.