After being approached for ideas to lend a new lease of life to the complex, artist Wojciech Rokosz decided on a bird theme to compliment the surrounding trees and reference the richness of the local birdlife.
Having hit extinction in Austria around a century ago, numerous initiatives have been attempted to reintroduce the Ural Owl to this part of Europe with the Poznań project being among the most high profile.
Local highland dwellers in the Tatras have now taken the sighting as a good sign as the plural for the birds in Polish, “dudki”, sounds similar to the word for money in their dialect, “dutki”.
The birds are now a feature of a zoo now specialising in cold-weather animals.
Despite the record-breaking number of chicks hatched, the species is still facing extinction and as such is under constant observation.
Palawan Hornbills are native to the forests of the Philippines and on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species are classified as “vulnerable”. But the latest chick born at the zoo is the fifth for proud parents Sofia and Avilon.
In addition to looking good and keeping the local ducks happy, the floating garden provides environmental benefits such as increasing biodiversity in the city, while helping clean the water and air.
The little bird can munch its way through thousands of the blood-sucking pests in a day.
This year’s early departure – something scientists are scrambling to explain but generally attribute to the hot, dry summer – has alarmed those keeping an eye on the weather. Could this unusual behaviour be a sign of other problems?