Audio Postcard from the Kyiv Zoo
Written by Marina Henke
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At present, we’re sharing a glimpse of what it was like in mid-March on the chook reveals within the Kyiv Zoo. There have been no guests right here, no visitors. Nevertheless it wouldn’t be appropriate to say this place was empty, as a result of it remained lively.
Three inky-black geese with pink beaks. A toucan with a golden head and a white tail. Vivid inexperienced and blue parakeets. And twenty milky-pink flamingos.
Julia Vakulenko works on the Kyiv Zoo. She shared these recordings made by her coworkers simply weeks after Putin invaded Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians had been displaced or fled the nation. In the meantime in Kyiv, a crew of zookeepers stayed put. They labored lengthy days, doing what it took to maintain a zoo operating: cleansing stalls, getting ready meals. They returned to bomb shelters to sleep at night time.
Taking good care of the birds is usually a repetitive job. Right here, a zookeeper opens up a bag of seed. He pours it out and walks into the flamingo enclosure.
He feeds it to them.
Their pleasure is contagious.
In the course of an invasion, any individual remains to be taking good care of the birds.
For BirdNote, I’m Marina Henke.
Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Subject recordings offered by Julia Vakulenko/Kyiv Zoo
Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote April 2022 Narrator: Marina Henke