Ralph’s reports

Doncaster on Tuesday 5 June: Afternoon

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

3.7.2018 by Ralph
The bears are normally more relaxed in the afternoon. Victor in particular found a pleasant spot to snooze on the new enclosure on his own. Nobby always enjoys patrolling the perimeter of the second enclosure.

Visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) Doncaster on Tuesday 5 June: Morning

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

24.6.2018 by Ralph
With the very changeable weather that we are having at the moment, I decided on Monday that the weather on Tuesday was going to be as good as any day this month.

Snow Born: A Polar Bear Story

Jun 20th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

20.6.2018 by Ralph
I thought that KWM readers would enjoy this story board series which accompanies the path to Victoria and Hamish at Highland Wildlife Park.

Highland Wildlife Park May 2018: Arktos and Walker

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

11.6.2018 by Ralph, Photos even by Molly Merrow
Walker and Arktos share a holding pen at the bottom of a slope. It was originally built to house Mercedes, the sole bear living in Edinburgh Zoo.

Hamish and Victoria in Highland Wildlife Park, May 2018

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

6.6.2018 – Pictures by Molly Merrow, text by Ralph
Hamish at five months is a self-confident little bear, who is very curious about everything that goes on inside his large enclosure. HWP have given him a whole real tundra landscape to explore.

My first visit to Scotland

May 30th, 2018 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

30.5.2018 by Ralph
On Friday 18 May I set off for London from Oxford in the evening using the one of the two excellent bus services. I arrived in Victoria in London in plenty of time to have an evening meal.

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.