Berlin Zoo: Close Encounters of the Hippo Kind

This mother Hippo came over to say something to this Greater Kudu. I wish I know what they were saying to each other. They stood nose to nose, not moving for more than two minutes. What a conversation that must have been. Apparently, they have a long history as this video shows. If someone can explain to me why the Kudu is in the Hippo enclosure please leave a comment.

As mentioned in my previous post, I escaped the hustle and bustle of Greater Berlin and retreated to the Berlin Zoo. I spent a lot of time looking for native species that have taken up residence in this inner city oasis. I saw Blue Tits nesting, a huge Grey Heron rookery, Moor Hens haunting the shallows, and one of my favorite birds: the Hooded Crow.

Blue Tit. Native species nesting at the zoo.

Hooded Crow

Hooded Crow

One of my favorite animals on earth and one of the most endangered: The African Wild Dog.

It must be fun to be an otter. They look like they are having a good time all the time.

Grey Heron. These birds choose to make the zoo their home as its a great place to nest.

Grey Heron in flight

Grey Heron full mating season colors

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Grey Heron Rookery. This is just a fraction of the rookery in the treetops of the zoo. It was pretty amazing how many nests there were.

Great White Pelicans

Tufted Duck


Bar-headed Goose, the highest flying bird in the world

Bar-headed Goose

Grevy's Zebra, extremely endangered in the wild


  1. Wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Good thing that you were able to catch those moments. You are really a great photographer. Nice pix though. I really love it.

  3. How beautiful looking animals! Amazing!


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