Feldman Ecopark’s workers took part in the workshop “Animal Well-Being” that took place in Kyiv, and visited Odesa Zoo. According to them, these visits provide a unique opportunity to become familiar with a long experience of the counterparts, help to establish personal contacts for the effective cooperation and often become a push for the generation of new joint projects.
The workshop, which took place in Kyiv Zoo, was devoted to modern principles and practical issues of animal maintenance in captivity. “Together with the colleagues from Kyiv and Kharkiv zoos, we shared experience and carried out training in the assessment of living condition of animals and in the enrichment of their habitat. The main thing is that we learnt to understand the needs of our animals and to strictly observe in practice the principle of 5 freedoms of any animal: from hunger and thirst, from pain and illnesses, from fear and stress, from discomfort, from impossibility to behave naturally,” chief zoologist of Feldman Ecopark Olena Fomicheva told. “The training like this one take place in Feldman Ecopark on a regular basis according to the line of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). For example, last autumn, we welcomed trainers from the EAZA Academy from Finland and Israel.”
The visit to Odesa Zoo was a return visit to the counterparts who visited Feldman Ecopark in the end of November. “We consolidated our cooperation in several fields. Within the framework of informational partnership, we placed our informational boards and made a presentation of Feldman Ecopark for the visitors to Odesa Zoo. We outlined the list of animals for exchange with the purpose of creation of stable reserve populations. And the main thing is that we agreed about the creation of a joint farm within the programme “Preservation, monitoring and further reintroduction of birds of prey and owls in Eurasia” of the World Open Foundation for Animal Rehabilitation and Reintroduction (WOFARR),” the head of the science and monitoring department of Feldman Ecopark Andrii Hapchenko told.
He reminded that exactly Odesa Zoo in Ukraine had the biggest experience in the issues of breeding and reintroduction of the birds of prey and owls, including the ones from the Red List.
It should be noted that the WOFARR seeks to attract to the project “Preservation, monitoring and further reintroduction of birds of prey and owls in Eurasia” not only zoos, reserves and national natural parks of Ukraine, but also the international nature conservation locations in Armenia, Germany, Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic. It is planned that the project’s implementation will start in February-March 2019.