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 :-)
We will celebrate on 10 November 2013 the third birthday party of orang utan baby.
Employee of the nutrition and zoology department and basic schools leaded by Mgr. Jana Rehorova will prepare a fruit cake, present and enrichment for birthday female Tessa. She was born on 13th November 2010; her mother ‘s name is Zaneta. She is living in the World of Birds pavilion together with her mother.