Tierpark Berlin

The Tierpark Berlin is one of two zoos located in Berlin, Germany. It was founded in 1955 and is located in Friedrichsfelde on the former grounds of Friedrichsfelde Palace, situated within the zoo; as of 31 December 2013, the zoo houses 7,250 animals from 846 species, in an area of 160 hectares. Tierpark Berlin features two public exhibits free of charge, one being the Bärenschaufenster for American black bears. Tierpark Berlin is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and participates in about 120 breeding programmes, it maintains the international studbooks for endangered species of deer and wild asses of Asia and Africa as well as the European studbook for little pied cormorants. The zoo further participates in attempts of reintroducing species to areas where they have become endangered or extinct and it financially supports selected in situ projects for the protection of natural habitats. Founded in 1955, it was established as a counterpart of the famous Berlin Zoological Garden, located in what was West Berlin and soon to be out of reach for residents of the former eastern sector.

The initial bear enclosures featured natural rocks and artificial waterfalls, while large paddocks surrounded by old trees and canals were designed for camels and bison. In the following years and decades, other exhibits and larger buildings were added to accommodate a selection of carnivores, ungulates and birds, as well as primates, including great apes. A large building for both african and asian elephants and other pachyderms was completed just a few years before East and West Berlin were reunited. Despite serious discussions dealing with a possible closure of the park, the 1990s saw a process of replacing improvised or damaged structures as well as expanding the zoo with new areas for African ungulates and primates, as well as species from alpine regions of Asia and Europe. At the same time, Berlin Tierpark, which now was designated to complement Berlin Zoological Garden, had to give up some species such as great apes. In recent years, the zoo has become famous for its successful elephant breeding programme.

It is one of the few zoos in Western Europe that houses various large herds of ungulates, including some kept species such as muskoxen and takin. Due to economic challenges, Berlin Tierpark issued a new master plan which identifies a number of potential attractions and revenues, though the funding for the proposed projects is not clear; the first director of the Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde, Heinrich Dathe, was a well-known scientist. He edited five scentitific journals and wrote more than 1,000 scientific and popular papers and books, he was succeeded by Bernhard Blaszkiewitz. List of zoos in Germany Media related to Tierpark Berlin at Wikimedia Commons Official website

Vahagn Hayrapetyan

Vahagn Hayrapetyan is a jazz pianist and composer. Honored Artist of Armenia. Vahagn Hayrapetyan was born in Yerevan in the family of fiddler Karapet Hayrapetyan and Alice Adamyan, he graduated from the Tchaikovsky Music School and Yerevan State Conservatory as pianist and composer. Vahagn learned from Barry Harris and Frank Hewitt in New York City and worked and performed with many prominent jazz musicians such as Elvin Jones, Jimmie Lovelace, Leroy Williams, Ari Roland, Zaid Nasser, Chris Byears, Yaala Baalin, Keith Baala and Delfeo Marsalis and many more. In New Orleans Vahagn recorded and released three albums: ”Love for sale” with Clarence Johnson III “Tripp to New Orleans” with Johnny Vidakovich and Ed Wise “Bop it up” with Wendell Brunious,Brice Winston, Bill Huntington and Jason MarsalisVahagn took part in many international jazz festivals - Jazz Jamboree, St. Petersburg International Jazz Festival, Moscow vocal International Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest du Maurier, Montreal Jazz Festival etc.

Since 1980's Vahagn is the leader of his Jazz Trio and Quartet in Yerevan, since 1998 he is the pianist and keyboard player of Armenian Navy Band. In 2004 he created his own band “Katuner”. Vahagn Hayrapetyan's first solo album “Singin” and Swingin” was recorded in 2010. Vahagn performs in Moscow jazz clubs'Esse', he performs with Russian jazz musicians such as Igor and Oleg Butman, Sergey Golovnya, Yakov Okun, Sergey Vasilyev, Pavel Temofeev, Peter Vostokov and others. He collaborateս with Russia's jazz pianist Daniil Kramer and their first duo album “ Live in Yekaterinburg” was released in 2013. Vahagn has been teaching jazz in Yerevan, Iran and Jordan. Vahagn is the author of the sound tracks for movies: “Bonded Parallels” “If Only Everyone” “Shor and Shor Shor” Honored Artist of Armenia, 2008 Vahagn Hayrapetyan on IMDb Armen Hyusnunts And Vahagn Hayrapetyan At Forsh Club Yerevan Armenia A Jazzman's Journey: Our Interview with Vahagn Hayrapetyan

UnCruise Adventures

UnCruise Adventures is an American owned small ship adventure cruise line founded in Everett, Washington. In 2008, the American Safari Cruises was purchased by the parent company InnerSea Discoveries Alaska Inc.. In early 2013 after a fleet expansion, the American Safari Cruises was renamed to Un-Cruise Adventures. In 2016, the company rebranded itself UnCruise Adventures, while unveiling a new logo; the cruise line operates 9 ships, 8 of which are owned. The cruise liner operates two headquarters, the main headquarters is located in Seattle and the second located in Juneau, Alaska. UnCruise Adventures was founded as the American Safari Cruises in 1996 in order to provide small yacht cruises in Alaska. Following in 1997, the American Safari Cruise commenced operations with a charted yacht able to fit a dozen or more passengers. Wilderness Adventurer Wilderness Discoverer Wilderness Explorer Safari Endeavour Safari Voyager Safari Explorer Safari Quest La Pinta S. S. Legacy List of cruise lines