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So much air traffic above Zurich mountain like never before

He draws a wide circle through the Zoo, screwed down slowly, is ruffled by the sharp Bise, and carried away. He takes a new start-up, the wing to the rear, stretches the long legs to the front and takes off. Because a gust of wind has seized him, so that he would have missed the Nest.

"at The Moment, brisk air traffic over the Zoo", said this Morning, curator Robert Zingg, as he was able to tell the media that Zurich Zoo is now stork country. 21 ' nests are currently occupied – as many as never before.

excitement in the children tube

From the top of the part of the camel system is equal to see several clumps. In a stretch of three fluffy grey young your necks of the mother, contrary to storks. As the father is flying to and from the gone with the wind, fidget you excited, what will lead to a temporary mess in the airy nursery: wings, beaks, legs – everything is a mess.

to raise Three Young, is challenging. Image: Keystone (Ennio Leanza)

A Nest is not occupied yet, in another you see two adult white storks, the hudern – means that you will have to place so that the young crew of the cold Wind, is protected. Sometimes they clatter with the Beak, otherwise, the air traffic is completely silent.

Envious peacocks

two peacocks screaming all the time. A struts, therefore, fails even to his wheel, as if he were jealous that the photographers instead of his grandeur to have the long-necked white storks in the visor – tse, just because the can fly!

in 1950, there were no nesting white storks. Especially the large-scale drainage of wetlands, power lines, and the excessive use of pesticides difficult they made life. However, the settlement projects were to be Back, about in Altreu, which showed that, after initial difficulties, success.


in 2018, saved, there were in Switzerland, 515 couples with a total of 1096 young. "This stock does not need any direct support measures," says Zingg. "What it needs now are enhancements of habitat quality."

In the Zoo Zurich supports the storks by providing them with appropriate Nest materials. Do not need to feed them. The existing food supply enough to make a considerable number of storks here, summering. Some come from far away. You can find it, because the young storks are ringed.

Max Zumbühl ringed the young storks in the Zoo of Zurich (archive 2015) Video: Zoo Zurich

Of this year's 21 pairs, six from Germany, three from the Zoo of Basel, and others from Hombrechtikon, from the Murimoos or Möhlin. And five Eigengewäche, such as Zingg says. You are so hatched on the zürichberg, and the brood returned. A 29-year-old female, was one of the first storks of what the Zoo had to fly from 1990 free.


Two storks have beaten all of the animosity between Zurich and Basel in the Wind and breed. There are also two flightless storks that live on the bird meadow, and for almost ten years, here are hatch – year, were unfertilized eggs. Up to this year. In the eyrie, two small storks, which are cared for by the mother sit.

mother? "The are more likely to be cuckoo children," says Zingg. You cheered for a different stork. And then there are the a Couple of, that ought not to have. The ring numbers you have exposed as his age siblings.

Fatal wet

Whether this stork record at the Zurich mountain is also a lot of young birds produces, however, is not at all clear. "When breeding success, the weather speaks a weighty word," says Zingg.

There is a Phase in which young birds, their body temperature is not yet right to regulate property, but they are already so big that parents can not warm enough. It is really cold and especially wet, is the fatal.

As of 2013, five ten pairs of 26 Chicks hatched about a year – and only one was full-fledged. All the others died, 21 alone in the three days from 5. to 7. July, when the weather was really nasty.


Created: 15.05.2019, 17:06 PM

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