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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

Wild birds illegally immigrating to City Zoo

Wild birds illegally immigrating to City Zoo

Besides the extensive collection of animals from around the planet, the Amsterdam City Zoo Artis also houses some local wild species on its premises who immigrated into the zoo on their own initiative.

The blue heron, a local bird living around the city of Amsterdam, appreciates the housing conditions in the Zoo so much that there is now a whole colony of them living in the Zoo. The birds are intruding and squatting residencies of legally immigrated zoo animals, enjoying a good dinner along with the penguins, flamingos and sea lions.

Recently the government granted the Zoo a permit to remove the nests of the herons from the Zoo. However, according to the faunabescherming (Dutch) – an organization that protects the interests of animals that live in the wild – the zoo is too intolerant on the local wild animals.

intruder_4_530.jpgThese events pose questions on our notions of nature and culture and what is what in this case. However, while we are pondering on whether the zoo should provide space for the illegally immigrated herons, the animals in the Zoo already find ways to deal with the birds.

According to an Artis spokesmen, it happens almost every week that a young heron, who cannot fly very well yet, lands on the wrong spot and disappears in the jaws of a lion.


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  1. Interestingly enough the video in the post shows how the male lion catches the bate and the female lion eats it, while in the wild the female lions usually do the hunting and turn in their bate to the dominant male. Apparently these Zoo lions are so cultivated that they have introduced feminism? Go girls!

  2. Watch the documentary Schoffies. About these birds eating for eaxample fried chicken ,in the city of Amsterdam. Really nice and humoristic to

  3. Funny yet interesting.

  4. Uberl3375oR

    I guess it is good for the predators as they get some live prey while the zoo isn’t held responsible and it adds more excitement and realism for visitors.