Five endangered eastern black rhinos from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic have been successfully relocated to Rwanda. The animals arrived in Akegara National Park in the east of the country on Monday afternoon. The move is part of an international effort to restore the critically endangered subspecies in the central African state, where the entire rhino population was wiped out as a result of the civil war in the 1990s.
A Czech court has convicted three men, including a taxidermist and an
animal parks owner, of killing critically endangered tigers and illegally
trading in products made from their carcasses.
Prosecutors say the three men had arranged to have tigers killed and their parts processed for sale on the black market to Asian buyers.
The Česká Lípa county court sentenced taxidermist Miloš Hrozínek to three years in prison. Animal parks owner Ludvík Berousek, a member of a famous circus family, got a two-year suspended sentence and a fine. Vietnamese businessman Xuan Vu Le also got a two-year prison sentence.
They were arrested last year after police raids in Prague and elsewhere yielded the body of a recently killed tiger and pelts of other big cats, as well as the bodies of 20 other protected animals.
Animals, like human beings, are sentient, living beings capable of experiencing various degrees of pain and emotional suffering, and hence deserve our attention, care and protection. Those are the opening words to the Act on the Protection of Animals against Cruelty, which the Czech government wants to amend in order to further crackdown on inhumane commercial pet breeding centres.
Czech scientist Zuzana Musilová from Charles University has attracted
international attention with the results of her research indicating that
three types of sea-fish have colour-vision in a deep sea environment.
Vertebrates were previously thought to have only monochrome vision in the dark. In an article published in Science magazine the scientist says the special genes that enable this were likely developer to assist species living in greater depth in the search of food and reproduction.
Dvůr Králové Zoo is at the centre of an international effort to restore black rhinos to Rwanda, where the entire rhino population was wiped out in the aftermath of the 1990 civil war. At a time when there are only about 900 black rhinos left in the wild the project is of immense significance to the future of the species. I spoke to Dvůr Králové Zoo’s special projects coordinator Jan Stejskal about what the project will involve.
A runaway snake caused a scare on the morning train from České
Budějovice to Brno on Sunday. One of the passengers sighted it wound
around the window curtain and alarmed the conductor.
Police and pest control arrived to capture the reptile, to find it was a species of the milk snake. The snake was transported to the Hluboká nad Vltavou zoo. Police are searching for its owner.
Moringa oleifera is a plant that is often referred to as “the drumstick tree” or “the miracle tree”. Indigenous to India, Asia and Africa, it has for centuries been used to help treat a wide variety of illnesses, but has only fairly recently been discovered in Europe as an effective health supplement with antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties. Jaromír Novák discovered the benefits of the moringa tree while working in Ethiopia and, with the help of the Czech Development Agency, decided to set up a business which would
Spring is officially in the air, and the season’s first returning white storks have already been spotted in some Czech villages, after having wintered in North Africa. In Slavic folk tradition, returning storks are not just a harbinger of spring but a good omen. And having a stork’s nest on your home or farm is thought to bring good luck. But a father-and-son team of Czech ornithologists say many myths about the birds are exactly that.
A lion attacked and killed its owner in Moravia early on Tuesday.
The breeder, who kept two lions without the required permits from the veterinary authorities, was found dead in the lions’ cage.
The police had to shoot a male lion and a lioness who was expecting young in order to get to the breeder.
The incident is being investigated.
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