Teddybärenmutti’s column

Zoom Gelsenkirchen: Bill, Ella and other animals

May 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

10.5.2018 by Ralph
Like all male Polar Bears, Bill is not finding it easy to be separated from his mate. However, he is able to communicate with her through a connecting wall between the two enclosures.

Zoom Gelsenkirchen – Lara, Nanook and Antonia

May 7th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

7.5.2018 by Ralph
On Monday after a comfortable train journey and finding a city centre Ibis Hotel I arrived at Zoom Gelsenkirchen. I decided to buy a Dauerkarte straight away as I wanted to come back to Gelsenkirchen at least two more times this year.

Tierpark Berlin Tonya and Volodya

May 3rd, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

3.5.2018 by Ralph
Tonya of course is the one in charge. Volodya has learned that he must accept this, and does so like a gentlebear. We know how badly he misses her when she is not around.

Lady Katjuscha’s Indian Summer

Apr 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

29.4.2018 by Ralph
I was fortunate enough to spend three days with Kati, in which she showed why the Zoo should have recognised her a lot earlier and given her toys and enrichment.

Doncaster – Part 2 Afternoon

Mar 6th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

6.3.2018 by Ralph It was soon afternoon and the Rangers, as the keepers are known, had to start thinking of where they want the bears to spend the night. It was Pixel and Victor’s turn to stay in Enclosure 2, which suits Victor. Nissan and Nobby are always kept away from Victor at night, for […]

Doncaster – Part 1 Morning

Feb 25th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

25.2.2018 by Ralph My visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) Doncaster on Friday 16 February It had been two months since I had last visited the YWP and I was keen to see how the Polar Bears would be coping with a very cold icy day. The Polar Bears live in three large open enclosures, […]

Memories from the Knuipe and KWM by Ralph

Jan 24th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

My first memory comes from before the Knuipe and KWM were published and I visited Knut in 2008 and spoke to Thomas Doerflein for the last time, promising to meet him and Knut in the Spring, but sadly it was not to be.

BN’s and Ralph’s London adventure

Jan 11th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

12.1.2018 by BN (Bear with No Name) with some help from Ralph
On Saturday I went to London to have lunch with a friend and saw two little Bentley motor cars with teddies in. I of course thought of all the teddies in the Knuipe.

Ralph’s Toys : Berlin December 2017

Jan 4th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

3.1.2018 by Ralph
Some people have asked to see pictures of the various Polar Bears that join me on my travels, so I thought I would collect a few from my recent trip to Berlin.

Visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) Doncaster in December

Dec 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

26.12.2017 by Ralph After the run of bad weather in England last week I did not think I would be able to fit in a final visit to the YWP this year. I was lucky that on Friday 15 December the weather had broken for a few days. I got up early, wrapped up warm […]