“The only place like this” straight from the first Orientarium in Poland – Jedynka

The first Orientarium in Poland was established in the area of ​​ten football fields. The pavilion is tropical and 2000 people can enter it at the same time. people. – We also have a zoo, it is several hectares. As a zoo, we don’t have such a limit – says Arkadiusz Jaksa, president of the Municipal Zoo in Łódź. Among the many attractions, it is worth noting the opportunity to view animals on three levels.

Visitors have the opportunity to observe from the bird’s eye view, observe from land, and observe underwater. Especially with regard to aquatic species, it is important to record the activity of animals between their two natural habitats. An example is crocodiles. – When we see a crocodile from above, we actually see half of it. All grace, mechanics of movement, is only visible under water – explains the guest of the program.

Hospitality with Indian elephants

Of course, the main thing in zoos. It’s all about exhibiting and breeding endangered species. In the Orientarium in Łódź we see, among other things, two Indian elephants. Their day begins with sunrise. Breakfast consists mainly of hay and grass. – Our bigger elephant needs to eat about 100 kg of food per day. The addition of fruit and vegetables is symbolic, explains Ireneusz Dąbrowski, a specialist in Indian elephants.

Every day, at 11 am, the elephants are bathed by staff. Visitors can observe it thanks to the only glass pool in Poland. The older animal, Alexander, is 44 years old, the younger one, Taru, is only 9 years old. The guest of “One and Only Such Place” emphasizes that the lifespan of Indian elephants is very different, while under favorable conditions they can live up to 60 years. – Generally not loud. They communicate with infrasound, ie sounds that are below human audibility – emphasizes Ireneusz Dąbrowski.

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underwater world

The Orientarium consists of four parts. Among them is also the ocean zone. A special attraction is the twenty-six meter long underwater tunnel. – Sharks and rays swim over our heads – says Paulina Klimas-Stasiak, spokesperson for the Orientarium. Visitors can also admire a replacement for a coral reef. Creating a suitable structure is a complicated process, currently it is being colonized with corals. – The first soft corals that can build up their tissue have already made their way to the reservoirs – emphasizes Adam Danielak, manager of aquatic biotopes at the Lodz zoo.

In the oceanic zone there are seven reservoirs filled with salty seawater, containing more than 1,300 individuals of 180 species. Among them are stingrays with tails over five feet long, bearded sharks and guitarfish. – They have a very distinctive shape that some people resemble a guitar, some an arrow and some a stingray. This is a blind evolutionary branch of cartilaginous fish – explains the Polish Radio 1 guest. He adds that visitors can also admire two pairs of brown sharks.

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The role of zoos

The first factor influencing the decision to create the Orientarium in Łódź was the desire to return the elephants to the zoo in Łódź. Suddenly it became clear that it would be Africa or Asia. Since Africarium is already in Wrocław, Asia was born here – says Tomasz Jóźwik, vice president of the zoo in Łódź. At the same time, he adds that Southeast Asia is the region with the richest fauna. The fauna, let’s add, is seriously threatened by human expansion. – In the European Association of Zoos, we have joined breeding programs aimed at preserving genetic diversity – he adds.

The guest of “One Such Place” does not hide that his dream is a situation where zoos do not exist. However, in many parts of the world it is currently not possible to restore wildlife. For both political and social reasons. – As long as there is no change, the gardens will have to exist. Of course, in collaboration with other gardens of the world, breeding animals with full monitoring, limiting births – explains Jóźwik. Zoos must maintain the highest standards. Such a standard is to create the largest catwalks possible. – In nature, these animals explore huge spaces – he recalls.

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More than 3,350 individuals live in the zoo in Łódź. They represent more than 554 species. Here you can see arirans, ie giant otters, Sumatran orangutans, gharial crocodiles and forest dogs. The mission of this place is to protect endangered species, educate and support the genetic pool of wild animals in danger of extinction in their natural environment. Just before this year’s May weekend, Europe’s most modern breeding complex dedicated to Southeast Asia will open.

The first inhabitant of the Orientarium was Alexander, a one-stroke elephant. It is the largest and oldest representative of this species in Europe. He is 44 years old, weighs more than 6 tons and measures over 3.5 meters at the withers.

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Program title: such a place

Leads: The fame of Bieńczycka

Guests: Arkadiusz Jaksa (President of the Municipal Zoo in Łódź), Ireneusz Dąbrowski (Specialist in Indian Elephants), Adam Danielak (Manager of Aquatic Biotopes at the Łódź Zoo), Paulina Klimas-Stasiak (Orientarium Spokesperson), Tomasz Jóźwik (Vice -president of the Łódź Zoo), Piotr Tomczyk (traveler, Łódź guide)

Release date: Apr 30, 2022

Hours of skies: 9.00-12.00


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