It takes a few seconds for your eyes to adjust to the dark surroundings, and then suddenly you see a beautiful ornamental garden climbing and climbing. An exciting journey of discovery during the day and even in the middle of the night. The first nocturnal animal house was recently opened at Nordhorn Zoo. With the zoo’s dormouse, a small but very exciting and unfortunately endangered species is moving to the family zoo.
Nijnhuuser Schöppken, the second historic building after the butcher’s shop in the village, is now under construction in the center of “Vechtedorf”. In the future, a handicraft workshop will be held here, where historical handicrafts such as basket weaving, pottery and the like will be exhibited. As a first stage, the Tierpark Nordhorn was able to open the night animal house directly adjacent to the main building and open it to visitors to the zoo. While the construction phase of the planned craft workshop still needs some time, visitors to the zoo can already see the new nocturnal animal house and small nocturnal rodents with their signature “Zorro” mask. The project is sponsored by the Neuenhauser Group, which supports realization not only financially but also with technical skills.
The director of the zoo, Dr. Nils Kramer. “With the dormouse in the zoo, not only a native, but also an endangered species has found its way into the zoo of our regional world. And with a little patience, the animals will also give us insight into their world.” The park is dramatically reduced in incidence. Germany is the main distribution area, so the decline here affects the stocks of the entire species. In addition, individual events are becoming more and more isolated and thus gene exchange cannot occur. The curator of the exhibition, Dr. Hayek Weber. “We are also involved in field research and in habitat conservation in order to learn more about the animals and secure stocks.”
For this reason, an extensive professional exchange with zoo colleagues from Gaia Zoo in the Netherlands and with a representative of a former settlement project in South Emsland took place on the sidelines of the opening. Not only is the Ornamental Zoo the ‘Zoo of the Year’ in the Netherlands, there is also a re-presentation and research project being carried out by the Gaia Zoo. The intriguing question is whether the dormouse also plays a role in the border region of Grafshaft Bentheim and South Emsland. There is individual evidence, but Nordhorn Zoo now wants to know if this indicates an entire population or rather, results of chance. Dr. says. Nils Kramer.
In the lead-up to the opening of the night animal house, representatives of the Neuenhauser Group’s work council were already busy: about 100 sleeping boxes for the sleeping garden in the garden were struck and tied together. These should be part of the zoo’s research work to learn more about endangered animal species. “We at the Neuenhauser Group are delighted to be able to help the zoo in this way,” says Andre Berends, representative for Neuenhauser. “This is a great project for the area, the visitors and the animals, and as Neuenhauser we would like to support the area.”
Anyone who would like to support the zoo’s business can also sponsor a zoo leash. Interested parties can find more information about adopting an animal in the online store on the Nordhorn Zoo website.