The Žofín forest in South Bohemia belongs among the oldest protected nature reserves in Central Europe. This unique woodland, which has been protected for more than 180 years, has now become a focus of research carried out by the US space agency NASA. They want to use the data collected in the forest to compare it with measurements taken from space. That could enable them to get a more accurate picture of the Earth’s surface.
For nearly 20 years, Czechs have been involved in saving the critically endangered Western Derby eland, the world’s largest antelope living in Africa. The last wild population of this critically endangered species can today be found only in the West African country of Senegal and their fate depends solely on Czech-Senegalese cooperation.
Czech mountain resorts plan to invest more than 30 million crowns this year
into summer attractions, such as bike trails or treetop adventure parks,
according to the Czech Association of Mountain Resorts. One of the biggest
attraction, the world's largest mammoth model, is being built in Dolí
Morava resort in northeast Bohemia.
The ski season in the Czech Republic's resorts, including Harrachov and Špindlerův Mlýn, wrapped up on Sunday. According to operators, it was one of the most successful seasons in years.
The year 2017 turned out to be a positive year with no drownings registered
at river sluices in the country. Years prior, accidents led to an average
of nine deaths a year. In 2010, the number was 16.
According to statistics compiled by Vodácké školy záchrany there are around 150 sluices in the country which are dangerous.
Canoeing, kayaking and rafting have a strong tradition in the Czech Republic but flipping in a canoe going down a sluice can easily end in tragedy, organizers warned. Some sluices can be very difficult to escape from, once in the water.
The Czech Union for Nature Conservation’s local chapter in Vlašim, Central Bohemia, this week released four species of bats that had wintered at its shelter over the last four months. The release of the animals nursed back to health or saved by the civic association has become a tradition at the park at the Chateau Vlašim.
When Josef Vágner, head of the Dvůr Kralové Zoo, brought six Northern White Rhinos back from a trip to Sudan in the early 1970s he was criticized by the public for taking them from the wild. Now the zoo that he set up and the herd that was successfully bred there over the years may help to save the species that has been wiped off the face of the Earth by poachers. There are now three Northern White Rhinos left on the planet and all three belong to Dvůr Kralové Zoo and reside in a heavily guarded nature reserve in Kenya. Last week came the news that
The Little Owl (Athene noctua, sýček obecný in Czech) has been chosen as Bird of the Year by the Czech Society for Ornithology. Though common in Europe, Northern Africa, parts of the Middle East and Asia, population numbers of the owl fallen significantly over the last half century in the Czech Republic, disappearing from farmland areas; as a result the Little Owl is on the endangered list.
Ski hills in the Czech Republic had reason to be happy last year, seeing lots of snow and consequently a boost in business. So far, this season is shaping up quite nicely as well (although there hasn't been snow in Prague). Radio Prague took the opportunity to hit the slopes at two of five hills run by operator Mega Plus s.r.o.
A third degree avalanche alert has been called in the Jeseníky and
Krkonoše mountains following several days of heavy snow. It is the highest
avalanche warning this season.
The mountain rescue service says the situation is extremely dangerous since a combination of factors have created a highly unstable layer of snow on many slopes. Skiers have been warned not to take risks or stray from marked trails.
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