The Moravian Amazon, an area along the lower parts of Morava and Dyje rivers in the southern part of the Czech Republic, is considered to be one of the richest habitats in Central Europe. But scientists are ringing alarm bells, warning that the number of old trees in the UNESCO Biosphere area which provide a home to rare species of beetles, are being crowded out and their numbers are rapidly declining.
The popular pig-slaughtering feasts which usually take place in February are going to start early for some pig-breeders this year. Farmers living in the area infested with swine-fever have been ordered to cull their animals in view of a growing risk of the disease spreading from wild boar to pigs in the region.
A rare two-horned rhino called Eliška transported last year to the Mkomazi
National Park in Tanzania from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic,
has died from injuries she suffered when attacked by a male rhino called
The news was confirmed by the zoo’s Jan Stejskal, who heads the international project. Eliška was meant to have helped boost the rhino population there; as the injury was internal, its seriousness was not apparent until it was too late.
Four of the wolves which escaped from a nature reserve in Bavaria are still
on the loose, the head of the Šumava National Park told journalists on
One wolf was run over by a train, another was shot for safety reasons near a holiday resort in Haus zur Wildnis. Another was sighted in the Šumava Mountains over the weekend.
People have been warned that in the event of sighting one of the wolves they should not try to approach them, feed them or take pictures.
An all- out effort is being made to recapture the animals which were bred in captivity and would have a hard time surviving in the wild.
Prague Zoo welcomes its millionth visitor this season, three days later than in 2016 the zoo's Alena Šteffelová confirmed. 2016 was a record year for the zoo, with a total of 1,448,353 visitors - the most in its 85-year history. Ms Šteffelová said that good weather had contributed to the high number of visitors this year. The head of Prague Zoo, Miroslav Bobek, said the arrival of the millionth customer was always a special occasion.
The giant hogweed and muskrat have been included on a new European Commission list of invasive plants and animals, according to the Czech Ministry of Environment. The move means that steps should be taken to control their spread. At the moment the Czech Republic has no legislative rules in place for such steps to be taken. Giant Hogweed is a major problem in western Bohemia. Hunters though have responded angrily to the inclusion of musk rat on the list, arguing that the Czech Republic has a long standing population on the outskirts of Prague and that they are still not very common in the wild.
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