It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our northern white rhinos, Suni. He was one of the four northern whites residing on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. He was born 34 years ago at the Dvur Kralove Zoo as the first-ever northern white rhino to be born in captivity. Together with one other male and two females, he was translocated from our zoo to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2009.
On 21st September, just a day before the WorldRhinoDay, Dvur Kralove Zoo and the Czech Republic burned over 50 kilograms of rhino horn. Most of it belonged to the zoo, two horns were from confiscated stock. At the same time, the Slovak Republic destroyed confiscated horns in Zoo Bojnice. This is the first destruction of confiscated rhino horns in Europe. Zoos and reserves in Great Britain, Kenya, Poland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Singapore and France joined the appeal as well.
On 21st September, the authorities of the Czech and Slovak Republic will burn their stockpiles of seized rhino horn during a campaign that will see appeals aimed at deterring consumers from using rhino horn in a number of zoos and reserves on three continents. The major fire will take place in the Dvur Kralove Zoo, Czech Republic, where close to 70 kilograms of rhino horn will be ignited by a legenadry conservationist Tony Fitzjohn. The appeal is supported by many conservation heroes, including Jane Goodall, Richard Leakey and Ian Craig.
The Dvur Kralove Zoo is to donate its young black rhino female Eliska to the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in the Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania. The agreement has been made by the zoo director Premysl Rabas and renowned conservationist Tony Fitzjohn who runs Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary. Eliska will be transferred to the same sanctuary to which three black rhinos were shipped from the zoo in 2009.
We celebrated on 7 December 2013 the eleventh birthday party of African Elephant bull Kito. Zoo employees of the nutrition and zoology department prepared a birthday (fruit-vegetables) cake for Kito´s enrichment. He was born on 6th December 2002 in Colchester Zoo in England; his mother Tanya (wild caught) delivered him after artificial insemination by semen of an elephant bull Tembo (wild caught in Zambia). When transported from Colchester Zoo (June 2009) he weighed 2450 kg, now he weighs about 4 550 kilograms. Two females (Umbu-32 years, Sally-31 years) helped Kito with eating the birthday cake :-)