Biology students – Tereza Jakova and Tereza Paskova – from the Czech Republic arrived in Kharkiv to have a 10-day practical training at the Bat Rehabilitation Center of Feldman Ecopark. Both girls study at the department of natural sciences in the Palacký University (Olomouc, Czech Republic). Kharkiv was selected because only it is possible to find East Europe’s only centre dealing with not only study, but also rescue of Red List bats.
“We were recommended to come to the Bat Rehabilitation Center of Feldman Ecopark by our teacher, who knows the head of the Centre Anton Vlashchenko well. For us, it is an opportunity to study some species of bats, which cannot be found in the Czech Republic, and we also want to obtain practical skills in bats maintenance and care,” the future zoologist Tereza Paskova told.
Moreover, according to the workers at the Bat Rehabilitation Center, visitors from the Czech Republic take part in animal protection activities of the Centre as volunteers. Considering the number of rescued animals, the experience of the Centre is unique even for European counterparts.
“The girls are currently taking an active part in the work with bats: they respond to a calls of citizens together with experts, help to feed animals, assist in current researches. This Saturday, we will have a joint workshop, where we are going to share the results of the researches. Our guests will demonstrate the results of their work, and we will tell about our own achievements,” the worker at the Bat Rehabilitation Center of Feldman Ecopark Oleksandra Kysil told. “We invite everyone to attend this workshop. In connection with the restricted number of paces, the registration is obligatory – https://goo.gl/forms/cVEZwVWJE5WitCsF2.”
It should be reminded that during five years of its existence, the Bat Rehabilitation Center of Feldman Ecopark rescued nearly 10,000 bats, all species of which are in the Red Book of Ukraine. The rescues and rehabilitated animals are returned to the nature. Last year, Feldman Ecopark released the record number of bats – 2,500 animals.