Chimpanzee juveniles Yamari and Yemaya, Walter Zoo Gossau

Yamari, Yemaya and Youma are currently seeking in vain for a playmate. Normally found in the Walter Zoo in Gossau SG quickly. You only need to beat a stick to the windscreen, a bold leap in the direction of the visitors car. Someone turns around.

But what to do when no one is there? “In the case of the young chimpanzees, you notice it the most is that no visitors are there. Especially with children they are very interactive,” says Karin Federer, Zoodirektorin and zoo animal doctor at the Walter Zoo. A special Corona-entertainment for the primates, it does not give but. “Everything about the Food we make is a bit more complex. In nature, you need longer for that. That’s what we do, but always so,” explains Federer. For example, there are feed boxes in which the nuts are hidden, what the chimps have to find. Or the zookeeper with Birnel, a honey-like liquid, prepared termite mounds in the enclosure.

For the Small this is not a great consolation, after all, you’re still drinking with their mother. But there is a glimmer of hope for the bored: If the Zooangestellten find time to play Hide and seek with the boys.

Meerkat pups, Walter Zoo Gossau

Actually, would have been expected that the meerkats will notice the lack of visitors quickly. Finally, they are lively animals. Normally react strongly to external influences, are scary. Not in vain one of the group’s “guardian of always” and warns the group when a Milan on the foreign investment flies in their enclosure. The small mammals show so far no signs of a change. Karin Federer has an explanation. The animals have more important things to do: “We have meerkats, four young.” You are on 4. March on the world. A name you have not yet. Since a few days the boys and to the safe building exit. “The four clusters are like a little Flea. They run in all directions,” says Federer. Accordingly, exhausting it must be for the group. Although only the highest-ranking female raises the young, participate in the Kingdom of the meerkats are all in their breeding. So the whole group must wear a ausgebüxtes Young after the other back into the building. A Sisyphean Task. Imagine your household with four babies!

stork Yumna, Basel Zoo Zolli

Normally, hundreds of pedestrians walk through the zoo. You will be amazed, eat an ice Cream, enjoy the exotic animals. Now, without visitors, the way is clear for him: the stork Yumna struts alone on the sidewalk. And is looking for nesting material. For a Nest of storks need a pointer-finger – to thumb-thick Branches. Built is always around.

Like every year, Yumna power in the spring, a stop at the zoo, in the winter months, it attracts the stork in the South. The annual return to the same Nest in the Basel Zoo was 2018 hard: Yumnas partner shares the Nest with another. Since two years he is therefore looking for a new Stork. “There are at the Moment 30 Storchen-pairs at the zoo, and Yumna is not one of them there,” says Franziska Viscardi from the Basel Zoo. At least he can fly away if it all becomes too much. Freedom, the wish is certainly some in these days.

camel lady Ona, Zoo Zürich

hay to eat. This is the main occupation of a camel. A welcome change from the walk through the adjacent forest at the Zurich mountain. Because of the can only be with several animal keepers to take place, is he now Corona-related. “The camels can’t wait, that you are allowed to back out of their enclosure. The you realize. When a person walks by, look at you immediately, and to come to the fence approach to the Person,” says the zoo Director of the zoo Zürich Alex Rübel.

Ona is particularly curious. The eleven-year-old camel lady for ten years at the Zurich Zoo home. “She always comes First,” said Rübel. Similarly, in the case of the antelope. Also you will notice the Blank: “If, finally, someone runs over, stretching the heads to the direction of the man and look,” said Rübel. Other animals, the lions, for example, show no reaction.

Julio, yellow breast, the Capuchin, Zoo Zürich

“Hello Julio, how are you?” Alex calls Rübel, when he enters the enclosure of the yellow breast-Borer. The monkey ran up to Rübel, “chirps”, looks at him and rushes back to his previous place. The spectacle is over. “Because Julio used to work for a family, is he bound still very human,” explains Rübel the greeting ritual. Originally from Brazil, came to the Monkeys, in 1995, in the framework of a breeding programme to Europe.

The yellow breast Capuchins belong to the most endangered Primate species in the world. In the wild, there are only a few hundred copies. Now, Julio is the home for the past 25 years in the Zoo of Zurich. Even though he’s just reacting strongly to people he knows, he noticed the lack of visitors: “He has few people he can watch.” And so you realize that monkey and man are not so different. What’s in it for us Netflix, we are here for Julio.


The Coronavirus currently holds the world in suspense. Many countries are taking measures such as Closing schools or limiting public events, to prevent the spread. In Switzerland, too, the grass, the Virus magnetized. All of the current information and Figures around the topic there is in the Coronavirus-Ticker.

I Have the corona virus or just the flu?

The Coronavirus spreads further – also in Switzerland. Especially in the flu season, you can assess for yourself whether one is ill with the Coronavirus, or whether you just have an ordinary flu. The differences are subtle, but they exist. VIEWS is defined.

protection against Coronavirus

recommendations of the Federal office for health, how you can protect yourself:


wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a Hand sanitizer. Don’t sneeze, you Sneeze into the hands, or cough in a handkerchief; or if you have none, in the bend of your elbow. Handkerchiefs to dispose of properly: paper towels, should be disposed of after use in a closed waste bin. You stay in fever and cough necessarily at home.

contact minimize

Stay home and avoid wherever possible contact with people. You go only in the following exceptional situations, out of the house: the food doctor shopping or pharmacy visit / the home office is for your job not possible / you have to help other people. You keep if possible 2 meters distance to your fellow human beings, for example, in a line or at meetings. Avoid contact with people breathing or have a cough. You avoid public transport. You can be all that is possible to home deliver. Important: No welcome kiss, no hugs, no shaking hands.

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when should the ch one to the doctor?

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remains The Situation until Further notice. The Federal government informed in regular intervals about the current developments. It applies now more than ever: peace and quiet preserved, and the thing in common to serve.