Two weeks until I start walking. I’m excited but getting a little nervous now. Met with the folk at Cologne Zoo yesterday and we have moved the start date to 30 April. This will work better as 1 May is a public holiday in Germany and so it will make logistics easier for Zoo staff and to get media involvement on the day.
The Cologne Zoo has been there for 150 years. Interesting history and like zoos the world over, it is transforming from old style cages to modern, animal appropriate, stimulating environments. A tropical rainforest inside an old building, a Hippdrome and a massive Elephant landscape are fabulous. These provide a great viewing experience and a pleasant life for the animals. The Rhino enclosure is old and tired though. It is, and needs to be, the next area to be re-developed. We have learnt that plans are in place to exchange the current male white rhino with a breeding pair when the new home is built. We are looking forward to seeing this new home and encourage all people near Cologne to visit the Zoo and support their redevelopments. A good day to do this would be the 30 April !! Then you can see us officially start the Rhino Walk!!
http://www.koelnerzoo.de/ – our partner in conservation