Ralph’s reports

Flocke’s Boys Up Close

Jan 9th, 2021 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

9.1.2021 by Ralph Morton
It is some time since I shared my Marineland Album with you. Those amazing warm days in Antibes seem even more special on a grey January day.

My dates with Katjuscha in September 2020

Nov 16th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

16.11.2020 by Ralph Morton
Between 18 and 22 September I was able to spend my mornings with Katjuscha in Berlin Zoo. She will be 36 years tomorrow (16th of November) and is the oldest Polar Bear in a European Zoo. Despite Covid 19 I had to see her again.

Antibes – Flocke and her cubs in the Cold

Nov 11th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

11.11.2020 by Ralph Morton
It seems a lifetime ago since my mad dash to France in August to visit Flocke and her three cubs. Fortunately I have lots of photos to remind me of them. I am going to share them and my other visits with you as we go through the Winter.

My visit to YWP 25 to 26 September Part 3 – Polar Bear contacts

Oct 24th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

24.10.2020 by Ralph Morton
YWP is located in typical English green countryside. Watching Polar Bears in such a beautiful place takes on new meaning after months of Covid confinement.

YWP visit 25 to 26 September: Part 2 Bears in the Water

Oct 15th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

15.10.2020 by Ralph Morton
The land and water features at YWP resemble closely the tundra areas of Canada or Russia where Polar Bears come on land in Summer.

YWP visit 25-26 September – Part 1 – Rasputin and other animals

Oct 6th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

6.10.2020 by Ralph Morton
I decided at short notice to visit YWP (Yorkshire Wildlife Park) near Doncaster in order to see Rasputin, as there were rumours that he will go to Estonia to carry on breeding cubs.

Ralphs Flocke Story Part 4 – Pool Party

Sep 22nd, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

22.9.2020 by Ralph Morton
After lunch on Tuesday I met one of the keepers who told me that the bears would move to the lower enclosure so the two large upper ones could be cleaned. The lower enclosure is still larger than many main enclosures.

My First Visit to Flocke Part 3 – Underwater cubs

Sep 10th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

10.9.2020 by Ralph Morton
Tuesday morning found me at the glass in front of the large water tank in the upper enclosure at Marineland. My plastic bag soon attracted the attention of Raspi’s daughter Tala.

My first visit to Flocke Part 2 – Hello Flocke!

Aug 31st, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

31.8.2020 by Ralph Morton
I was up bright and early on Tuesday morning. Opening the curtains I had a panaramic view of Marineland. The hotel is modern with four residential blocks. I was able to get a leisurely breakfast of coffee, rolls and croissants in the fresh air.

My first visit to Flocke: Part 1 – Arrival

Aug 25th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

25.8.2020 by Ralph Morton
The British Airways Airbus descended over the countryside of Southern France. It looked very different from England. We were soon over the coast. My first glimpse of the Mediterranean.