Ralph’s reports

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.



ZOOM Gelsenkirchen December 2020: Lara and Nanook

Apr 17th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

17.4.2020 by Ralph Morton
Looking at the pictures of Nora and her new cub at Schoenbrunn reminds me of how active little Nanook was in her first year. But Lara, her mother, had a very strict upbringing from Mother Olinka.



ZOOM Gelsenkirchen December 2019: Going Ape!

Mar 29th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

29.3.2020 by Ralph Morton
I was in ZOOM Gelsenkirchen in December on two rather wet days and had time to go and visit the Asia area. I had visited it before. But this time because of the cold weather, I knew that the Orangs would not be outside on their island.



ZOOM Gelsenkirchen December 2019: Forest Animals

Mar 17th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

17.3.2020 by Ralph Morton
There is of course a lot else to see at ZOOM beside my favourite Polars. However, it is not always possible for me to film them on my phone.



ZOOM Gelsenkirchen: Underwater Stars: Bill

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

10.3.2020 by Ralph Morton
The Polar Bears and Sealions have viewing glass windows at ZOOM Gelsenkirchen. Sadly, unlike Copenhagen, only the Sealions in ZOOM have a glass covered tunnel.



ZOOM Gelsenkirchen in December 2019: Underwater Stars

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

6.2.2020 by Ralph Morton
The improvements made in phone cameras have allowed me to be more adventurous in my choice of photos. Sharing Alaska with the Polar Bears are a family of very active Sealions.



ZOOM Gelsenkirchen in December 2019: ANTONIA

Feb 29th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

29.2.2020 by Ralph Morton
I was able to spend two days in ZOOM Gelsenkirchen during my visit to Germany in early December 2019. As usual most of my time was spent in the Alaska section with the Polar Bears. My first stop is always with Antonia.