Ralph’s reports

Good morning, Marineland!

Jun 13th, 2021 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

13.6.2021 by Ralph Morton
All too soon it was the last day of my visit to Marineland in August 2020. Thursday morning saw Flocke and her cubs back in the large upper enclosures.

Flocke and her kids: Pool Party at Noon

Apr 26th, 2021 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

26.4.2021 by Ralph Morton
On the Wednesday of my visit to Marineland, Antibes, the keepers were cleaning the big water tank enclosure so Flocke and co. were in the “Mother and Baby” enclosure with its plunge pool.

My visit to YWP 25 to 26 September Part 3 – Polar Bear contacts

Oct 24th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

24.10.2020 by Ralph Morton
YWP is located in typical English green countryside. Watching Polar Bears in such a beautiful place takes on new meaning after months of Covid confinement.

YWP visit 25 to 26 September: Part 2 Bears in the Water

Oct 15th, 2020 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

15.10.2020 by Ralph Morton
The land and water features at YWP resemble closely the tundra areas of Canada or Russia where Polar Bears come on land in Summer.

YWP visit 25-26 September – Part 1 – Rasputin and other animals

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

6.10.2020 by Ralph Morton
I decided at short notice to visit YWP (Yorkshire Wildlife Park) near Doncaster in order to see Rasputin, as there were rumours that he will go to Estonia to carry on breeding cubs.

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.