ZOOM Gelsenkirchen December 2019: Going Ape!

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

29.3.2020 by Ralph Morton

Last year I had the rare privilege of coming close to an old and young Orang in Aalborg.

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, but inside their modern dome house on the right in the picture.

Schubbi, the big male of the group was easily spotted. I have renewed respect for the power of these animals after seeing their hands up close in Aalborg.



The females in the group were gathered together.


I am afraid that I am not as good at recognising Orangs as I am Polar Bear


I did manage to get these clips of the youngster, Najla, using the netting to swing.




I was also lucky to get this sequence of one of the female Orangs showing how all four of their limbs can be used as hands. Of course we also see Tonja and Hertha using all four paws, but the not in mid-air!


ZOOM uses wooden boards to describe their animals.




The Hulmans have long tails for climbing.



A piece of melon was being guarded by its owner.


This green bamboo python had a nice warm tree to sleep on.


On the way back to the Alaska world I passed the Bactrian camels, who are well used to the cold winds of the steppes.


One of the camels was a lighter shade.

I hope you enjoyed this brief trip away from Alaska, as our next stop will be Polar Bear mother Lara and her daughter, Nanook.

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  1. Yes, indeed, I enjoyed your ZOOM-trip away from Alaska a lot.
    That’s a super mix of beautiful and interesting animals and I like each and any of them,

    Your clips of the orng utan youngster are great as are the pics of the hulimans. Both species are ‘on my list’ of favorite animals.

    The camel on the right side of the second last of your pics look rather like an elephant at first glance 😉

    Thank you, ear RALPH, for having shown another of your ‘specials’ which are appreciated as much as your polar bear observations and reports – and as are MERVI’s efforts to bring all this to her KNUTITOURS public 🙂

  2. I had completely missed your report about ZOOM Gelsenkirchen of 17.10.2018.

    I just had a look there and found your ‘virtual world experience inclusive of selfies in this closed room rather irritating – but even though interesting as are the majoity of all your reports and thoughts..

    I write this little comment here, as the comment function is closed under the 4 existing comments of October 2018

  3. Dear Ralph,

    Najla’s ‘show’ made my day! 🙂

    Thank you so much for this charming report from Gelsenkirchen!

    Hugs from Mervi

  4. Dear Ralph!
    Thank you for another entertaining part of your ZOOM report.
    It is always interesting to watch our next relatives among the animals. We have a lot in common…
    I loved the pics of that young orang utan playing and swinging through the enclosure and never losing the carrot meanwhile…

    Take care!
    Hugs and all the best!

  5. Dear Ralph, what a great report again and also great pics. My God, it must be very handsome to use “all four” and never loosing the carrot. Unfortunately, we humans have lost this ability, no? And according to me, it seems that Najla is having the most fun of her own show. My most favorite pic is the last one of the Bactrian camel. They always look so majestic.

  6. Dear Ralph,
    it was an interesting visit in Zoom. I like to watch the orang-utans 🙂

  7. Lieber Ralph,
    Orang Utans liebe ich besonders, sie sind so intelligent und auch sehr ausdrucksstark.
    In der Zoomwelt haben sie auch ein sehr schönes AußengelĂ€nde und sind rundum gut zu beobachten.
    Geht aber auch im Haus wie deine Bilder zeigen.
    Vielen Dank fĂŒr deinen Besuch bei ganz besonderen Menschenaffen.
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe und bleib gesund!
    Moni K

  8. Guck mal einer an, Ralph hat jetzt seine Liebe fĂŒr Affen entdeckt.

    Und mit recht, ich mag Affen auch sehr gerne. Orang Utans sind auch tolle Tiere.

    Danke Ralph und liebe GrĂŒĂŸe