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.
A rare North American porcupine was born at Prague zoo in mid-June, the zoo
has announced. The breeders have not yet been able to determine the sex of
The large rodents, native to North America and Canada, are reminiscent of porcupines due to their coat of needle-like quills, but in fact they are closely related to guinea pigs and spend much of their life on trees.
Prague zoo has been breeding the North American porcupines since 1958.
Statistics show that the number of collisions with animals on Czech roads has increased markedly in recent years. What is more, experts warn that the real figure is actually much higher, due to the limited scope of available statistics. The main reasons include high numbers of deer and current agriculture policy, but potentially also the impact of drought.
In the Czech Republic, as in many other countries, veterinarians have long faced the same problem: a shortage of dog blood, necessary in case of urgent transfusions. To address the issue, a group of volunteers founded Red Paw (Červená tlapka), the country’s first such registry. Since its May launch, they have already registered more than 400 potential dog donors.
Once a common species in the Czech Republic, the European ground squirrel, also known as the souslik, has become increasingly rare over the past decades. While in the past ground squirrels were exterminated as pests, today conservationists are trying to protect existing colonies and reintroduce them into suitable habitats. I discussed the sousliks with Hannah Findlay, a young British woman based in Moravia who works as a researcher for the Czech NGO Alka Wildlife. I started by asking her what made its numbers dwindle in the first place:
Two Barbary lion cubs have been born in Dvůr Králové Zoo, an important
breeder of large African mammals since the 1970s.
The cubs, one male and one female, have not yet been named. They were born in mid-May to a two-year old lioness named Khalila and a seven-year-old male named Bart.
The zoo did not announce the birth until it was clear they were healthy.
Barbary lions are a subspecies believed to have been extinct in the wild since the 1960s. Fewer than 100 are estimated to live in captivity.
Young Czech scientist and traveller Arthur Sniegon has devoted much of his life to protecting Africa’s wildlife. Among other things, he took part in undercover operations focused on capturing wildlife poachers and established an NGO called SaveElephants, focused on protecting Central Africa’s elephants. This year he received a prestigious grant from the Neuron foundation to explore a remote part of wilderness in the Congo.
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