Come with us and take a short visit to Golden Eagles. We arrive in the Military Region and Training Area Libava, where three young eagles - Simon, Wabi and Xena were released in August 2012 under the Returning the Golden Eagle to the Czech Republic project.
For almost a month, these predators use of freedom. They constantly improve their flight skills and most of the time they move in a limited area of approximately 2 x 2 km. Eagles do not hunt yet, therefore they are regularly fed and daily monitored.
Entirely shot with the Panasonic AG-HPX 370, Fujinon XT17x4.5 and Nikon Still Lenses.
-Winner of the 2013 National Magazine Awards for best Multimedia piece of the year-
Cheetahs are the fastest runners on the planet. Combining the resources of National Geographic Magazine and the Cincinnati Zoo, and drawing on the skills of an incredible crew, we documented these amazing cats in a way that’s never been done before.
Using a Phantom camera filming at 1200 frames per second while zooming beside a sprinting cheetah, the team captured every nuance of the cat’s movement as it reached top speeds of 60+ miles per hour.
The extraordinary footage that follows is a compilation of multiple runs by five cheetahs during three days of filming.
Ostrava Zoo keeps two Bearded Vulture pairs. The older and experienced pair has been breeding successfully since 2009 and had five offspring in previous years. At the beginning of 2014, two eggs were found on their nest again during the first nest check. As siblicide (the first-hatched chick kills its younger sibling through aggressive attacks) occurs in this species, the later laid second egg was taken away from the nest. The check went without problems and the parents returned back to the nest immediately. When the second egg was proved to be fertilised, it was put in the incubator and the zoo started to communicate intensively with the Bearded Vulture EEP coordinator, Hans Frey from the RFZ Breeding Centre in Haringsee, Austria, in order to find suitable experienced foster parents that do not have their own offspring this season. In this way, Ostrava Zoo tries to increase the number of successfully parent-reared Bearded Vulture young that can be released into the wild.
With respect to the development of nesting seasons of Bearded Vultures in other European institutions, the pair that was eventually chosen for adoption was an experienced couple from Tierpark Schönbrunn, Vienna. The female coming from the breeding centre in Haringsee and the male from Moscow have already reared or adopted several young. Thus on 8 March 2014, the 6-day old Bearded Vulture from Ostrava Zoo was transferred to its foster parents and placed in their nest immediately after arrival. The female was first to return to the nest, and after a little while and examination of the young she started to warm it. A few hours later, the parents responded to the behaviour of the young that was asking actively for food and they started to feed it with pieces small enough for the little beak. The adoption was successful.
Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) is sparsely distributed across the mountainous regions in Africa, mid-Asia, southern Europe and nowadays, the Alps again where this impressive bird of prey was wiped out with the last bird shot in 1913. Thanks to the Return of the Bearded Vulture in the Alps Reintroduction Project that has been running successfully since the 1980’s, and the intensive cooperation and enormous efforts of all participating institutions, i.e. 36 European zoos, specialized Bearded Vulture breeding centres, national parks in the Alps, and the World Wildlife Fund, the Bearded Vulture has returned to the Alps and its current population of about 200 birds is still growing.
This project fulfils one of the most important missions of modern zoos – to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity - and at the same time, it is a real example how the environmental damage caused by the human activities can be repaired.