Eleven years with Knutitours

Jan 25th, 2019 | By | Category: Featured articles

25.1.2019 by Mervi, Collages by Bauz, Caren and Mervi

What is Knutitours? Frankly – it’s very difficult to explain for someone who hasn’t been travelling along from the beginning. However, I would like to say that Knutitours – and Knuti’s Weekly Magazine – are a combination of reality and fiction. We cherish the happy memories from the good old days but we also live in the current time and look forward to the future.

The ‘Headquarters’ of the Knutitours is the Knuipe where we can let our inner child out. The spirit of a lovely bear angel is always present in our favourite hangout.

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Knuti’s Weekly Magazine (KWM) started shortly after the Knutitours was established. The magazine was thought as a complement to Knutitours website but now it’s a well known place for excellent reports and even for some fiction. Now all reports are published in KWM and I’m glad knowing that even many zoo keepers are readers of this Magazine.

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Because my hand doesn’t allow me to make new collages I want to show you some I made in the early years of Knut and his friends.  The magic bear still inspires me and all his fans. He still keeps connecting people all over the world.

In the beginning we had our dear Waiter at our service. He was a real charmeur and nobody minded if the croissants and even other kind of food had vanished before it was time to serve them …. 🙂

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Very often there were small mishaps when our Waiter wanted to roller skate.

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What fun it was to make the first collages of our Dream Team! Oh, those were the days…. but watching the ‘oldies’ makes me remember the happy times and fills my heart with sunny thoughts.

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The first summer vacation when Knuti was allowed to drive a car.

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Late summer evenings in a boat … no worries…..

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Magic is the word……

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A very popular figure was Super Chief Crime Scene Investigator Knuseau. His disguises never stopped astonishing us. I think his best ‘cover’ was die Gräfin Knuthilda von Brandenburg. Maybe you remember how he stopped Arsene Knupins jewel robbery?

Here Knuseau was wearing his Sherlock Holmes outfit.

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A growing bear needs lots of energy!!!!

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Before we knew we also had a waitress in the Knuipe. Fräulein Flocke came in and charmed us all. In the first collages she was carrying a pink purse and when I forgot the purse in a picture everybody was asking what has happened to her purse. The image of pink loving Flocke was created.

Teddybärenmutti has written several stories about this couple and served us many good laughs.

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Since Knuti and Flocke are very action minded they’re not afraid to start new projects! In this case they got tired of waiting for a new enclosure and decided to build it themselves.

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Raspi, Knuti and Flocke having holiday

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A welcome party for Gianna

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Raspi admires the Italian beauty

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We have all learnt  that lettuce is for sissies! -:)

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Honey paws Knut and Bernie

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Romantic dinner

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The Chief of the Fitness Center

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Knuti always tried to make us understand the importance of relaxation and he really was a good example for us all.

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The favourite drinks in the Knuipe are Knutsteiner and Knusecco.

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Sometimes it’s difficult to enter our hangout because the Server Family is causing problems but it’s amazing how we always manage to get in! It takes a lot of patience and a creative way of thinking but we always make it! 🙂

This was a small sample of the collages from the early years. I have no idea how many pictures there are but it would take weeks, maybe months to read all the stories and watch all the pics!

I want to thank all the readers, reporters and commentators in the Knuipe and in KWM. Without you the journey  wouldn’t be possible. Of course, it’s good to know there are many silent readers but it would be nice if you just said ‘hello’ once and a while. 🙂 Each and every comment is very much appreciated!

Although it’s difficult to compete with Facebook I hope the magic journey in our virtual world will go on. I want to offer more than just photos and videos in KWM because I don’t want the Magazine turn into a photo album! It remains to be seen if my efforts will be rewarded so there will even be the 12th anniversary ….

Thank you for being here!

Yours sincerely, Mervi

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  1. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the wonderful story. We had the funny and happy times, then we had the bad time with tears and mourning. We lost many beloved animals in 11 years, but we still love the other animals.
    Cheers on Knutitours!


    Its so much fun, to watch the old collages with Knut, Flocke & Co. 😀
    Those were the times ! Its unbelievable, that the journey started 11
    years ago – so many memories of animals and people who have
    left us during this long period. And so many happy moments
    with the stories and photo-reports from the different zoos. 🙂
    For me Flocke always will be the ambassador of the whole
    thing – she was my entrance to the world of bears and
    bear friends ! And she was lucky, to live long and
    have babies with good old chap Raspi. Knuts
    short life ended tragically, but he united so
    many peple all over the world, this
    was and is a real miracle ! 🙂
    Long live Knutitours & KWM !

    Liebe Grüße
    Chris 🙂

  3. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you so much for all your efforts in eleven years with Knutitours. You can be very proud of your work!

    Your affectionate, sometimes slight melancholic review and the fabulous and fanciful collages with their fitting subtitles arouse so many sweet memories of Knut and many other beloved animals and human friends we got to know during this time.

    I would like to join Ludmila: there was and is a time of joy for all wonderful experiences and a time for mourning about all losses we had and certainly will have.

    But today we celebrate eleven years of Knutitours!


  4. Fine memory with great collages. . . . Congratulations!

    Further GOOD LUCK! to you, dear MERVI, and to your beloved ‘KWM’ and appreciated from so many – more than one can know, as there are so many (as you told several times!) that are never giving a peep of whatsoever (thanks, critics, amused notes, personal comments in many possible ways etc.).

  5. Liebe Mervi!

    Gratulation zu 11Jahren Knutitours! Danke für all die wunderbaren Berichte, lustigen Geschichten, suessen Bilder und wundervollen Collagen und Erinnerungen. Ich wünsche Dir und uns allen noch viel wunderschöne Jahre.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  6. Dear Mervi,

    Congratulations on 11 years of Knutitours and KWM!

    What a journey it has been!

    I enjoyed a look back with all your wonderful
    collages! There were many good ole days!

    May Knutitours and KWM continue for years to come!

    xo k-j

  7. Liebe Mervi,

    dein Streifzug durch 11 Jahre ist eine wunderbare Erinnerung und Ansporn dieses wunderbare Magazin
    weiterhin zu besuchen, denn auch die schönsten Erinnerungen wollen gepflegt sein, so wie es auch
    mit der Liebe und Freundschaften ist.
    Freude und Leid liegen oft nah beisammen, und deshalb sind die unsterblichen Erinnerungen an
    liebenswerte Menschen und tierische Freunde so wichtig, die hier ihren festen Platz haben.

    Welch kreativen Ideen und Geschichten wurden hier schon erfunden und sind mit den dazu gehörenden Collagen einfach fantastisch. Dazu hast du den größten Teil beigesteuert – mit viel Liebe und Herzblut und Fantasie!
    Und du hast Recht, wie lange es brauchen würde, um alle Einträge aus 11 Jahren noch einmal zu lesen, kann man gar nicht abschätzen.

    Dein Magazin ist so wie es ist richtig!
    Kein Facebook mit geistlosen likes ersetzt den Dialog, der hier immer wieder stattfindet und neuen
    Austausch in Gang setzt.

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch und 1000 Mal Dank für deine unermüdliche und liebevolle Arbeit!
    Liebe Grüße

  8. I’m very glad that commented here once and you, dear Mervi, invited me to KWM!
    I have got so much information about the Polar Bears..and I want to hope I also have been able to offer something interesting to the readers of KWM…

    Many succsessful years to KWM,
    good helth and interesting ideas to you, dear Mervi!
    Congratulations to all readers and correspondents!

    Kind regards,

  9. Dear Mervi,

    thanks for 11 years with joy and sorrow. And thanks a lot for your great work here. I enjoyed to see the old collages – a walk down memory lane.

    Happy birthday Knutitours and lots of good wishes for the coming years.

    Hjertelig til lykke med fødselsdagen – Knutitours.

    Hugs from Copenhagen

  10. Liebe Mervi,
    herzlichen Glueckwunsch zu 11 Jahren Knutitours. Dir gebuehrt eine goldene Knutitours-Jubilaeums-Medaille fuer diese aussergewoehnliche “Reisegesellschaft”!
    Dein huebscher Rueckblick mit den wunderschoenen Collagen (alle sind Meisterwerke!) ist toll!
    Dir und der reiselustigen “Kundschaft” weiterhin viel Erfolg und Freude beim Touren mit Knutitours.
    Ich trinke nun in der Knuipe ein Glas Champagner auf Dein Wohl, liebe Mervi!

  11. Dear Mervi,
    So many happy time and much laughter, and the sad times too, with tears. Thank you for being the great Knutitours director. There are many more stories to tell, so keep up the good work.

  12. Hallo Mervi vielen Dank für Die Schönen Bilder und Noch Viele Jahre Dazu Hans Odermatt

  13. Dear Mervi and Vesa
    The Knutitours journey has been a polarcoaster ride.
    Perhaps it is significant that the two ladies in Knut’s story: Flocke and Giovanna have gone on to produce beautiful Polar Bears who continue to entrance us (I was standing a few feet away from Nobby at Doncaster yesterday and he was Cappucino coloured and small and delicate like Knut).
    Please continue to produce the magazine. I am sure that there are many silent readers, including the people who work in Zoos, who appreciate KWM.
    The Knuipe is like the bar in “Cheers”. One does not always pop in and sometimes the chat is about things other than Polar Bears, but is good to know that the friendly fireside is there.

  14. Notes like this brings the real memories up to the surface!
    QUOTE: ” . . . . . I was standing a few feet away from Nobby at Doncaster yesterday and he was Cappucino coloured and small and delicate like Knut . . “. Thanks RALPH.

  15. Liebe Mervi

    11 Jahre Knutitours!!!! Ich finde das ist eine ganz große Sache.Da muss so richtig gefeiert werden und ich gratuliere Dir ganz herzlich.

    Die vielen Collagen und Geschichten, die mit viel Liebe, viel Spaß und mit viel Kreativität gemacht sind, sind immer wieder einfach bezauBÄRnd.

    Ich danke Dir für Deine Engagement.
    Auf die nächsten 11 Jahre.


  16. Liebe Mervi,
    auch wenn ich hier eher selten vorbeischaue und noch seltener kommentiere, möchte ich es nicht versäumen, der Knutitours ganz herzlich zum elften Geburtstag zu gratulieren. Das muss natürlich gefeiert werden und meine Hochachtung für das Durchhaltevermögen, die Kreativität und Ideen, die hier eingebracht wurden, hast Du definitiv! Auf weitere feine Jahre!
    Viele liebe Grüße von mir.

  17. dear Mervi,
    Congratulations to 11 years of Knutitours. So sweet to see all the lovely memories of the unforgotten years.
    I want to say THANK YOU for this wonderful place, for all your work and great ideas, I am glad and grateful to come here.
    dear greetings and big paw waves

  18. Liebe Mervi,

    Auch ich gratuliere Dir ganz herzlich zu 11 Jahre Knutitours.

    Gerade der Mix aus aktuellen Fotos und Berichten, aber auch die Erinnerungen und Collagen aus den vergangenen Jahren ist es, was das Magazin so vielseitig und interessant macht.

    Ich bewundere auch immer wieder Dein Einfallsreichtum, wenn es darum geht “Phantasie-Geschichten” zu schreiben, und dann auch noch die passenden Fotos dazu auszusuchen. Das ist ja auch mit viel Arbeit verbunden. Und dafür danke ich Dir.
    Ja, es ist schade, dass immer mehr Leute in Facebook unterwegs sind, und die Foren für sie uninteressant geworden sind.
    Deshalb hoffe ich auch, dass Knuitours bzw. KWM noch ganz lange Bestand hat.

    Leider ist es mir aber nicht immer möglich auf alle Beiträge sofort einzugehen, da es für mich auch ein Zeitaufwand ist, alle englischen Berichte immer erst zu übersetzen, und ich auch nicht jeden Tag im Internet bin.

    Diese Collagen in diesem Geburtstagsbericht sind allesamt klasse, und es kommen viele Erinnerungen hoch.
    Besonders gefreut habe ich mich, auch Bernie hier zu sehen.

    Mervi, ich hoffe auf noch viele weitere Jahre Knutitours mit vielen schönen Berichten und Fotos aus aller Welt.
    Danke aber auch an alle “Reporter” die das Magazin mitgestalten, aber auch allen die hier immer wieder liebevoll die Berichte kommentieren.

    Liebe Grüße

  19. Dear Mervi, you were having a lot of courage to trying to explain what exactly Knutitours and KWM was and still is and forever will be. I remember the firsts editions of The Knuipe and compared to what it became now, it was and still is very funny. I became a member of this community end July 2008. And like you wrote, we have tons of memories to share and to cherish. But one thing is for sure, during all these years, we never had a dull moment, isn’t it. Even though KWM started in a very humble form, it now is a very reliable resource for zoo news from all over the world and this for all kind of animals. It doesn’t have to compete with Facebook because Facebook cannot offer such high standard quality.
    I am wishing you many more years with both The Knuipe and KWM and I still hope and pray that one day, the ugly Server Family would allow us again to simply post a message without any further frustrations. I know that I can always send you an email with my posting, but often, I am just embarrassed for doing so and then, I dare not.
    Nevertheless, Uncle Sergeij will offer the champaign.

  20. Dear Mamselleken Patricia,

    You’re always welcome to post comments via my email! Please, don’t hesitate to drop a line when you feel like it!

    Hugs from Mervi

  21. Liebe Mervi,
    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu 11 erfolgreichen Jahren mit Knutitours bzw. KWM!
    Ich erinnere mich gerne an die Pink-Zeiten mit Flocke und Flocke im rosa Tutu das Bild hat sich eingeprägt.
    Nach Knuts tragischen Ableben ging es weiter und das war gut so!
    Ich trinke ein Gläschen auf viele weitere Jahre bei Knutistours und KWM und freue mich dabei sein zu können.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  22. Hi, Mervi

    I can no longer leave messages in Die Knuipe. Every time I try, I get an error message.

    So, I say hello and congratulations to you here at KWM!

    Love, Christine