Ralph’s reports

Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) on Wednesday 22 January – Part 2

Feb 23rd, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

23.2.2020 by Ralph Morton
The relationship between male Polar Bears is similar to the rules of martial arts. Trials of strength are both a competition and a means of reinforcing trust.



Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) on Wednesday 22 January – Part 1

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

17.2.2020 by Ralph Morton
At rather short notice I decided to take advantage of a break in the wet weather and head north to Doncaster by train for the day. I was lucky and both journeys were on time and comfortable.



December 2019: Tonja and Hertha playing ball

Feb 13th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

13.2.2020 by Ralph Morton
Hertha is growing so fast that her famous blue Hertha team ball is no longer big enough. Tonja loves showing Hertha what a Polar Bear is able to do. Like all children, Hertha would rather play with the toy than watch it!



Keeping on the Ice Sheet: Berlin December 2019

Feb 9th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

9.2.2020 by Ralph Morton
The Tierpark Berlin unlike to Zoo seems to understand that Polar Bears need a continual challenge to keep them happy and healthy. Tonja and Hertha are proof that this works.



Playing in the Ice Field: Berlin December 2019

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

31.1.2020 by Ralph Morton
The artificial ice sheet in the Tierpark Berlin is a favourite with Tonja and Wolodja. The huge roll that Tonja and Hertha have been given has added a new dimension to this feature.



Tonja and Hertha talking and training: Berlin December 2019

Jan 23rd, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

23.1.2020 by Ralph Morton
I am always fascinated by how much time Polar Bears spend opening their mouths and tasting and sniffing each other. It is a sign of trust and establishes a relationship.



Tonja: a superlative Polar Bear: December 2019

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

17.1.2020 by Ralph Morton
There is not room here (and the German reports have covered them) to repeat all the praise that the keepers give to Tonja at the 1100 Polar Bear talks. Let us just say she is a superlative Polar Bear and Mother.



Bears in Berlin – real and remembered: December 2019

Jan 12th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

12.1.2020 by Ralph Morton
December in Berlin is the time we remember Thomas Doerflein and Knut. It is hard to think that Knut would have been a mature 13 year old Polar Bear today. Presumably he and Tonja would have lived together either in the Zoo or the Tierpark.



My visits to Katjuscha in Berlin Zoo in December 2019

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

6.1.2020 by Ralph Morton
Whenever I am in Berlin I always try to visit Katjuscha in Berlin Zoo as often as possible. I usually sit on my favourite bench and wait for Kati to wake up, which she usually does and looks out in my direction.



Visit to ZOOM Gelsenkirchen: Monday 2 September 2019

Dec 13th, 2019 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

13.12.2019 by Ralph Morton
Mervi: The 13th of December happens to be Ralph’s birthday so I’m sure even the polar bears in Gelsenkirchen will join me when I start singing ‘Happy birthday to you’!