For many years now, Czechs have had a reputation of being a dog-loving nation, and a recent survey carried out the STEM / MARK agency confirms that. According to the results of the study, two out of five Czech households include dogs and what is more, forty percent of Czech dog owners allow their four-legged friends into their own bed.
A contract to build a new gorilla pavilion at the Prague Zoo has been
awarded to the builder Strabag in an open tender. More than 17,000 people
donated to the construction, raising some 31 million crowns.
The new 210 million crown gorilla pavilion will be nearly three times larger than the current enclosure, and also be located out of danger of flooding.
Ahead of floods in 2013, over 1,000 animals, including gorillas, were moved from the lower part of the Prague Zoo. A deluge in 2002 claimed the lives of more than 100 animals, including a male gorilla named Pong.
Dvůr Králové Zoo is spearheading an international effort to save the Northern White Rhino which is on the brink of extinction. Last week an international team of experts trying to produce the world’s first test tube baby rhino made international headlines. I asked Dvůr Králové Zoo’s special projects coordinator Jan Stejskal, who is a member of the team, to report on the latest progress.
An international team of veterinarians, including experts from the Dvůr
Kralove Zoo, have managed to fertilize the eggs of the last two living
female white rhinos with the semen of dead males.
The last male, named Sudan, died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya in 2018, leaving two females, Najin, 30, and her daughter Fatu, 19, as the only survivors of the subspecies.
The Czech zoo sent four white rhinos to Kenya in 2009 and has spearheaded efforts to save the species from extinction.
Scientists note that the inseminated embryos may not develop. They expect to announce results on September 10.
An international team of veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs
from the last two surviving northern white rhinos on Earth, in the hope of
bringing the species back from the brink of extinction.
The effort to save the species is spearheaded by Dvůr Kralove Zoo, which in 2009 sent four northern white rhinos to Kenya in a bid to encourage them to breed.
The last male, named Sudan, died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya last year, leaving two females, Najin, 30, and her daughter Fatu, 19, as the only survivors of the subspecies.
Neither can reproduce naturally and scientists are hoping to make embryos from the harvested oocytes and transfer them to a surrogate southern white rhino mother.
The Czech Environment Ministry is up in arms over a decision by the Central Institute for Supervision and Testing in Agriculture allowing farmers to use a highly toxic rat poison in fields, orchards, meadows and vineyards. They claim it will “harm all living things in the vicinity”, a warning that has made the agriculture minister break off his holiday and come back to Prague for emergency talks.
A new study carried out by an international team of scientists, including experts from Palacký University in Olomouc, has ascertained that animals are not responding fast enough to the changing environmental conditions. The alarming findings have been published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications.
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