No feathers? No fur? Then you'll find what you're looking for here. Since this covers a lot of territory, we've more-or-less arranged it by biggest to smallest.
We should mention that zoo fans have written Čabulītis' biography on on Wikipedia!
There's a lot more to see and do than we've been able to show here, especially the exhibit halls — like a complete state-of-the-art rain forest, complete with gum trees! Or the leaf cutter ant exhibit, complete with leaves, branches, and the ant colony in cutaway view in plexiglas. If you find yourself in Riga, you definitely should make the Zoological Garden one of your stops! It's a short ride on the #11 tram from the center of town to the zoo stop (Mežaparks). You'll know as soon as you've arrived, the tram stops opposite the zoo entrance—and it's the last stop on the line, so you can't miss it.
We hope you've enjoyed our little tour and that you'll be motivated to visit the next time you're in Rīga. We're always glad to hear your comments and suggestions.
Of course, the animal kingdom is not grouped by "birdies," "fuzzy-wuzzies," and "baldies." As the Riga Zoo web site informs us, it's grouped by "abinieki" (amphibians), "rāpuļi" (reptiles), "putni" (birds), and "zīdītāji" (mammals). You can find their site, in Latvian, English, and Russian at:
Conservation and zoo links you might also find of interest:
- International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List
- European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)
- Absolut Elephant**
- Quantum Conservation
- Wildlife Conservation Society
- DPZ-Deutsches Primatenzentrum
(German Primate Center)
** Site includes specific information on Rīgas Zoodārzs' inhabitants
- Introduction, a bit about the Rīga Zoo
- "Birdies", our feathered friends, even flamingos, are well represented
- "Fuzzy Wuzzies", some of our furry friends are cute, some not, and some, perhaps, are merely misunderstood—plus a mystery animal quiz
- "Baldies", no feathers and no fur are the key to variety! plus, a collection of conservation links