How cassowaries and horned ravens eye the first visitors and why you couldn’t have a video conference with rose cockatoos.
Polar bears do well on their own Photo: Helmut Hoge
"People have revered animals not because they are good to eat, but because they are good to think," Claude Levi-Strauss opined. For the first time, it is louder in West Berlin’s inner city zoo than on the streets around it. A seal and many birds make noise, a rooster crows. Strangely, no children’s screams. 2,000 visitors are allowed in for half a day at a time. In the East Berlin zoo, which is three times as large, there are 3,000. There, a long line formed at the entrance, but it was attended to in a good mood by a young woman wearing a mouth guard.