Photo from Mykolaiv taken by the President of the Ukrainian Zoo Union Vladimir Topčij. Source: Facebook profile of Vladimir Topčij

There are heart-breaking reports from Ukrainian zoos.

The gala launch of Gorilla Fairy Tales in Somalomo. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

The first ever hardback book in the Bajwe’e dialect of the Koonzime language, spoken around the Dja Biosphere Reserve in Cameroon, has been published. It is Gorilla Fairy Tales and was published thanks to Prague Zoo. It was distributed to school children in Somalomo on International Mother Language Day, which was...

On Thursday, 24 February, Prague Zoo drew a line with regards to Russian aggression by suspending its membership in the Euro-Asian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EARAZA), which has its headquarters in Moscow and mainly brings together establishments from the former Eastern Bloc. Ukrainian zoos have already left this association.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

World Pangolin Day is always commemorated on the third Saturday in February. Recently, it has finally entered the consciousness, if not of the public, then at least of those interested in nature and its conservation. Its aim is to draw attention to these mammals’ uniqueness and the threat they face from illegal hunting and trade.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

The most easterly provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo are still dealing with the consequences of the influx of refugees from neighbouring Rwanda, during the 1994 genocide there, and the tragedies of the two subsequent Congolese wars. These have yet to die down fully and have led to the so-called ‘Kivu conflict’,...

During courtship, male desert lizards often put on colourful attire for courtship and display a variety of impressive behaviours. Pictured here is a male steppe agama. Photo Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

Although the temperatures outside are just a few degrees above zero, Prague Zoo’s keepers are already ending the terrarium inhabitants’ brumation by gradually increasing the light and warming up the exhibits. The reptiles are waking up from their winter rest and for them spring is all about colourful courtship.

The three-week-old female is the twelfth baby of the experienced nineteen-year-old female Lucie. Photo Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo’s visitors can marvel at the baby mantled guereza, which is still white, in the Water World and Monkey Islands exhibit. The three-week-old addition is already taking an active interest in its surroundings, so the keepers had a chance to identify its sex.

Anahita, the Egyptian vulture, pictured at the Lebanese rescue station. Photo: Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon

On Saturday, January 22nd, an Egyptian vulture flew in to Prague Zoo. From Lebanon, by plane.

The Egyptian vulture Anahita is not yet sexually mature, so its plumage is still predominantly brown. Photo: SPNL

This Egyptian vulture, named after the Persian goddess Anahita, has become a symbol of both tragedy and hope. After leaving its nest in the Bulgarian Rhodopes to travel to Africa, it was shot in Lebanon. However, thanks to the efforts of local conservationists, it was rescued and has found a new home at Prague Zoo where, with...

Photo: Petr Jan Juračka

The scientific paper published last year by Timothy T. Taylor and Christina I. Barrón-Ortiz may not have a very catchy title – Rethinking the Evidence for Early Horse Domestication at Botai – however, it is very interesting. After reading it, I remembered one of my favourite kaleidoscopes. Simply turn it around and the...