zaterdag 26 november 2011

Raccoons from Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)

The raccoons from Zoo Blijdorp have a new home since June. The construction was possible by a donation from the Friends of Zoo Blijdorp. Their new house is an American woodcutter's hut surrounded by garden and water.


Raccoons can wash their food in the water…

… and also swim.  

The racoons came from AAP (Aap=monkey). AAP gives primates and other exotic mammals a better future. Theyrescue animals and make the case for better animal legislation in Europe. These raccoons lived by people at home
and ended up in this Foundation.
Stefan Timmermans told  in a lecture for the Friends of Rotterdam Zoo
(Diergaarde Blijdorp) that raccoons aren’t pets.
They look very cute but they remain predators.
Raccoons are active at night and they chew everything.

The word "raccoon" (ahrah-koon-emwas adopted into English from a native language and it means the one who rubs, scrubs and scratches with its hands. The sense of touch is indeed the most important sense for the raccoons. Raccoons can do everything good: swimming,climbing and running.


Looking for something delicious...

Some sketches in their old home. It’s not easy to draw raccoons 
because they are not stil for one second!

The Raccoon Book, 2010. For a inkt drawing see please my Flickr.

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