Spring news from the Zoos Planckendael and Antwerp

Apr 8th, 2019 | By | Category: Featured articles

8.4.2019 – Videos by Cécile and Jos, Text by Patricia Roberts

On my birthday, I received 3 lovely videos from Cécile and Jos and I want to share them with you all.

First video about Sydney, who is going to move to Dresden.




She is now about 1 year old and the first koala born in Zoo Antwerp. As you can see, Guwara is a very experienced mother and caring very well for her little girl (which means that at least she does not drop her). And Sydney is making sure that she is also getting the best part of the food!!!

Second video about Tin-Tookie and mother Alinga (maybe you will remember that Alinga, against all odds and expectations, was pregnant again in the same year that she gave birth to Sassafras in Zoo Planckendael.




Alinga is famous for dropping her babies. And as you can see, Tin-Tookie already loves the eucalyptus. And while eating, you can see baby doing “poopie”. Na ja, what comes in, must go out again, one way or another.

Third video: I think I may call this “Zoo Antwerp’s Pride”: the gorilla family with little baby girl Thandie. And she is CUTE!!!




In the video, you can see that mother is still carrying her from here to there. But at this moment, she is making her first attempts to walk (on very waggling feet of course).

Hope you will like it as much as I did.

Dear Cécile and Jos, thank you so much for this lovely birthday surprise.

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  1. Dear Cecile, Jos, Mervi and Patricia
    Being able to visit two families of such rare and precious animals is indeed a great pleasure. This team effort of words and pictures.
    I always find it amusing that whereas Gorillas and Polar Bears are usually gentle with their keepers, the sweet little Koalas are a real challenge for their keepers. The cooperation between various European Zoos including Edinburgh is a great example in these troubled times

  2. Dear Cécile and Jos,

    How wonderful to meet the koalas in Planckendael again!

    I wish Sydney a happy life in Dresden and hope Guwara won’t miss her baby too much.

    Tin-Tookie is a cute baby and knows that ‘what goes in must come out’. 😀

    Thandie is, of course, cuter than cute and I’m sure she’s loved by the whole ‘clan’ – and by all the visitors.

    Thank you so much for the lovely videos!

    Dear Patricia,

    Thank you for delivering this article with the suitable text! Again you had a fantastic co-operation with Cécile and Jos.

    Hugs from Mervi

  3. Dear Mervi,
    The complete titel should be: Spring news from Zoos Antwerp & Planckendael.
    Extra: https://youtu.be/5VgVm-P-Hf8
    Hugs from Cecile & Jos

  4. Dear Cecile and Jos,

    Thank you for the correction! I first wrote Planckendael, then Antwerp – but I’ll write both now! 🙂

    Hugs from Mervi

  5. Extra #2: https://youtu.be/IbTSXJeiUBs

  6. Liebe Patricia,
    liebe Cécile und lieber Jos,

    die Fotos und Videos der Koala- und des Gorillababys sind allerliebst.
    Bei dieser Tierart müssen sich die Babies gut festhalten, um bei
    ihren kletternden und springenden Müttern nicht herunter zu fallen.
    Das Gorillakind schläft sogar fest mit Klammergriff im Nacken der Mutter ein.
    Unbedingt den letzten Link von Cécile unter Nr. 5 anklicken! Hier tätschelt
    die Gorillamutter ihr Baby wie Menschen das auch machen – so niedlich.

    Vielen lieben Dank für den schönen Bericht aus Antwerpen und Planckendael
    und alles Gute für Sydney in Dresden!

    Liebe Grüße

  7. Danke für die interessanten Videos.
    Die Kinder sind sehr niedlich. 🙂 Ich
    wünsche ihnen gutes Aufwachsen !

  8. Dear Cecile and Jos!

    Thank you for showing us the second video of the gorilla baby. I inserted it in the article.

  9. Dear Patricia, Cecile and Jos!
    Thank you for these cute impressions from the zoos in Antwerpen and Planckendael.
    That was a nice birthday gift!
    As Ralph wrote Koalas look so sweet but they are not very kind animals at all… I was a bit shocked when I read that “Alinga is famous for dropping her babies. ”
    Good luck for Sydney in Dresden.

    The pics and videos of the gorilla mother with her little one are heartwarming. Gorillababys are so charming.
    Since Sango in the Berlin Zoo seems to do a “good job” I´m quite hopeful to see little gorillas in the foreseeable future too.


  10. Unbedingt den Link unter Nr. 3 anklicken!
    Do not forget to click on the link in comment #3 about the proud of Zoo Antwerpen:
    NEW-BORN OKAPI UBUNDU and his mama LINDI: https://youtu.be/5VgVm-P-Hf8
    Hugs to all.
    Cecile & Jos

  11. Dear Patricia, Cecile and Jos!
    Thank you for the wonderful videos and the information from the zoo Planckendael. I hope to meet Sydney in Dresden.
    The koalas are all very cute.
    The gorilla family looks happy. Thandie is a pretty girl.

  12. Liebe Patricia,
    nachträglich alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
    Eine wunderschöne Überraschung mit so niedlichen Koalas und als Krönung, das Gorillababy.
    Vielen Dank, an Cecile und Jos das wir das sehen dürfen.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  13. Liebe Patricia, Cecile und Jos,

    vielen Dank für die wunderschönen Fotos von den kuscheligen Koalabärchen. Die Videos schaue ich mir später an.

    Das kleine Gorillamädchen ist sehr niedlich. Vielleicht haben wir ja auch bald Nachwuchs bei den Gorillas. Sango, der neue Mann gibt jedenfalls alles.

    Liebe Grüße