Diergaarde Blijdorp – Wolodja’s and Nivi’s Summer activities

May 30th, 2022 | By | Category: News from the Bear World

30.5.2022 – Photos by Nel Hoekstra

Nel has visited the Diergaarde Blijdorp (Rotterdam Zoo) and met very active Wolodja and Nivi. Both bears look healthy and happy with their existence.

Wolodja was looking white but obviously he got tired of his fur colour ….


…. and decided to change it into something darker.


A brown bear ….


… or is it a black bear? 🙂


Wolli looks very pleased with his new look.


What a happy smile!


While Wolodja was changing his appearance Nivi found a melon in the water – at least a half of it.


Nivi believes it’s waste of food to eat it immediately …


…. because you can have bundles of fun with it.


Why not throw it back to the water?


You must admit I’m a master of throwing melons!


Now I must dive after it …


…. and here we go!


Maybe it’s time to eat the melon now ….


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  1. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Nel.
    Best wishes to Wolodja and Nivi.

  2. Dear Nel,

    What wonderful photos. The melon looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your visit. I am glad to see the boys doing so well.


  3. Dear Nel!
    What two wonderful photo series on Wolodja and Nivi! Thank you!
    In the first one Volodya looks fantastic , whether in white or brown. And the best thing is that he looks relaxed and content.
    I like the second photo series just as much. Nivi does it right: before he enjoys his half of the melon, he first plays with it extensively and uses it for his physical exercise. It really looks like a lot of fun.
    I am happy for both of them.


  4. Dear Nel and Mervi!
    Wolodja and Nivi are doing very well.
    Wolodja enjoed the mulch. The melon of Nivi looked really red.

  5. Dear Nel,
    dear Mervi,

    Wolodja seems to be very satisfied and real “guys” don’t care about the outfit anyway.
    Nivi’s sporty test with the melon is very funny, maybe she also wanted to make Volodya a bit
    a little envious with her prey.

    I hope the two will continue to get along well and Wolodja will not become a travel bear.

    Nel, thank you very much for the beautiful photos and your texts to it, Mervi!


  6. Dear Nel
    Dear Mervi

    I am very happy to see the pictures of two happy and content bears.
    The enclosure is very beautiful. Wolodja can wallow in the wood chips and Nivi can eat melon.
    What more could a polar bear’s heart desire?

    Thank you for the nice report and the fine pictures. Especially the last photo is adorable!


  7. Dear Nel and Mervi
    Thank you for this chance to meet Wolodja and Nivi.
    Both bears look very happy in their enclosure.

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