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28.11.2014

Celebrate the New Year with a Symbol of Life

Make your New Year extra-special by decorating your home with a special tree this year.  Instead of chopping a tree from a forest and throwing it in the garbage after the holidays, you can choose to enliven your home with a true Living Christmas Tree. Wondering how? The Yerevan Zoo has come to the rescue! Now, through the initiative of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets, a potted Christmas Tree, with its roots in the soil, can be rented or purchased from the zoo and delivered right to your home! Every year, countless Armenian forests disappear during the holidays as thousands of pine trees are illegally chopped and sold.  This year, you can contribute to a healthier environment for Armenia by choosing to decorate your house with a living Christmas Tree, which can be replanted in your back yard, or given as a donation to your nearby school afte...[more]


27.11.2014

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria to Hold Trainings in Yerevan Zoo

As a candidacy member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the Yerevan Zoo will host EAZA Academy training officers Sally Binding and Mark Kingston Jones for 4 day trainings. The workshops will take place from Dec. 1 to 4, and will focus on animal welfare management and animal enrichment activities. The guests have been invited to Armenia by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). The animal welfare trainings are designed to assist the zoo staff in identifying and applying animal welfare best-practices through theoretical and practical activities. The animal enrichment activities will focus on how to provide animals the opportunities to express their natural behaviors in the zoo, emphasizing social, dietary, physical habitat, cognitive, and sensory features.  These trainings will significantly increase the expertise of the Yer...[more]


24.11.2014

Animals at the Yerevan Zoo are Ready for Winter

At the Yerevan Zoo, winter preparations start in the summer. All the sections of the zoo are checked to ensure that all issues related to the winter transition, such as appropriate heating, are taken care of ahead of time. The Yerevan City Municipality and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) work hard to make sure that the animals comfortably transition to the cold season. During winter, animals continue with the activities they are involved in, most of which are usually long-term, and if stopped, the animals take on aggressive or other immediately noticeable behaviors. Various specialists are regularly invited to the zoo from abroad to improve the development of the zoo’s activities for the animals. Animals’ diet also changes during winter. For example, the predators’ nutrition increases by about 20-25%. Moreover, the animals that are being prep...[more]


23.11.2014

European Zoo Experts Meet with Deputy Mayor of Yerevan

On November 21, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) representative and Yerevan Zoo mentor János Szánthó, Amsterdam’s Artis Royal Zoo representative Warren Spencer, and Director of Yerevan Zoo Ruben Khachatryan attended a meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Yerevan, Aram Sukiasyan. The importance of the main layout of the zoo, the planning of the animal collection, and the significance and uniqueness of EAZA membership were some of the main topics discussed during the meeting. The guests had traveled to Armenia on the invitation of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), as mentors of the Yerevan Zoo. The Artis Royal Zoo is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe. EAZA, in turn, facilitates cooperation within regional zoo community towards the goal of education, research and conservation. The Yerevan Zoo ...[more]


23.11.2014

Records and Data Are of Vital Importance for Zoos Worldwide

From November 20th to 22nd, Alex Kantorovich from the International Species Information System (ISIS) conducted trainings on the most modern zoological database system used in all European zoos and zoological associations. The training was organized by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), and was attended by Yerevan Zoo staff and guests from Kazakhstan (Alma Ati Zoo), Russia (Voronej Oceanarium) and Georgia (Tbilisi Zoo).  The training was conducted on ISIS’s Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) software, which contains information on 2.6 million animals, and is shared among more than 800 member zoos and aquariums in almost 80 countries. The database provides global, real-time, and reliable data for enhancing animal care and protecting population health. This information helps zoos manage their inventories, identify institutions for ...[more]


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