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MATHEMA, part of the Mathematics-exhibition in Berlin’s  great “Technisches Museum”for children aged 4 to 10 will awake the curiosity and creativity of young museum-goers. They will carry out a variety of experiments, chosen for their pedagogical quality, and experience through play the foundations of mathematics. They can weigh numbers on the “number scale,” handle geometric forms, and find out how cars with square wheels travel.” That’s at least what curators say about their exhibition.

In fact: if you’ve got a sneaking sadistic inclination go there and enjoy yourself. You will see loads of desperate kids trying to play with nice wooden cars – but the cars won’t run…


Just a joke, actually it’s a great exhibition, great thing to do with your kids on cold winter weekends. Entry is only 4,50 Euros per person, kids are free.

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According to STERN magazine which in it’s edition of June 2008 had a ranking of German zoos (DER GROSSE ZOO-TEST) Tierpark Berlin is number 2! (after Zoologischer Garten Berlin West.) I was there with Anna and I immediately understood why this is a great zoo.

Look at this:

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Brandenburg is special! We went to TIERPARK KUNSTERSPRING near Neuruppin last weekend. A nice thing to do with your kids. It’s only one hour from Berlin. Nice park, cute animals… and then you’re in front of two huge bison and the female one is called SPELUNKE (boozer, dive) – and suddenly you realize that you are in Brandenburg.

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What happened to the mandarinfish in Tierpark Berlin? When I was there with my daughter two weeks ago our favourite animal was missing: little mandarinfish. He wasn’t in his aquarium any more.

While trying to explain to my daughter what might have happened to the mandarinfish I did some research and found out that the mandarinfish behaves like a typical Prenzlauer Berger:

What the scientists have learned so far about the mandarin fish has surprised them. “We never anticipated the complexity of the social structure and mating system that we encountered,” said Mitcheson. “We also didn’t expect that individuals could be so distinctly different, one from the other, in terms of their habits and behaviors.”

As the researchers monitored mandarin fish populations, they found that each evening, within 20 minutes of sunset, groups of three to five females gathered. Each group had its own “street corner” to which its members returned night after night. Males visited the sites and displayed courtship behavior, hoping to attract females.

(National Geographic, see whole article here)

The official version of what happened to the mandarinfish – the one my daughter was willing to accept – goes as follows:

One day little mandarinfish felt lonely and sad and stared out of his bedroom window when he saw a mandarin (citrus reticulata) sitting on one of the tables of Tierpark-Restaurant right in front of his house, the aquarium. The mandarin said: “Hey, I’m the mandarin. Who are you?” Little mandarinfish said: “I’m the mandarinfish.” There was silence for a little while; they stared at each other, than the mandarin said: “Well, we look different, but nevertheless I think we belong togehter.” “I’m pretty sure about that”, said the mandarinfish, opened his bedroom window and left his house. From then on they were the best friends you can imagine and started to explore the whole wide world…

Reality, unfortunately, looks different: Dr. Falk Dathe from Tierpark Berlin answered my mail saying that the mandarinfish died in October 2007.

Betreff: AW: Mandarinfisch
Von: “Dr. Falk Dathe” <f.dathe@tierpark-berlin.de> ins Adressbuch
An: “marc.burth@web.de” <marc.burth@web.de>
Datum: 14.07.08 16:37:46 Uhr
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Sehr geehrte Familie Burth,

Ihre Tochter Anna hat sehr gut beobachtet. Der Glänzende Mandarinfisch, Synchiropus splendidus, ist leider Ende Oktober 2007 verstorben.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Dr. Falk Dathe
wiss. Oberassistent
Tierpark Berlin

—–Ursprüngliche Nachricht—–
Von: Kirsten Bauerfeld
Gesendet: Montag, 14. Juli 2008 15:34
An: Dr. Falk Dathe
Betreff: WG: Mandarinfisch


Kirsten Bauerfeld

Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde GmbH
Am Tierpark 125
10319 Berlin

Telefon: +49 (0)30 – 51531-102
Telefax: +49 (0)30 – 5124061


Dr. rer. nat. Bernhard Blaszkiewitz

HR AG Charlottenburg HRB 37768
Steuernummer: 27/602/50228
Umsatzsteuer ID: DE137229687

—–Ursprüngliche Nachricht—–
Von: Marc Burth [mailto:marc.burth@web.de]
Gesendet: Montag, 14. Juli 2008 11:45
An: Kirsten Bauerfeld
Betreff: Mandarinfisch

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

als ich vor zwei Wochen mit meiner Tochter Anna im Tierpark bei den Aqurien war, hat sie festgestellt, dass ihr Lieblingstier, der Mandarinfisch nicht mehr da war. Seither möchte sie unbedingt wissen, was mit ihm passiert ist. Können Sie uns weiterhelfen?

Herzlichen Dank und viele Grüße

Marc Burth und Anna
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Expressantwort an f.dathe@tierpark-berlin.de

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It’s Saturday and here’s the how-to-spend-the-weekend-with-your-kids-in-Prenzlauer-Berg-problem again if you don’t want to stand in line in front of the swing on Helmholtzplatz-, Kollwitzplatz- or Friedhofspark-playground.

PRENZLAUER BERGER recommends: Better stand in line here:

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