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13.10.2017

How Belarusians breed Burgundy snails
How Belarusians breed Burgundy snails A young couple from Minsk moved to the Korelichi district, where they opened their own farm for growing Burgundy snails. Vladimir and Victoria began to comprehend the basics of this business four years ago. The spouses admit: they never thought they would become farmers. He is a Minsk citizen, an engineer, worked as a manager and traveled a lot of countries. She is a Ukrainian journalist. They met in Kiev. Family life began in the rhythm of the big city, but continued in the romance of the village.

28.09.2017

Not violence but law of nature: why hunters from all over the world come to Belarus; rules and cost of killing bison
Why hunters from all over the world come to Belarus Hunting technologies didn’t change much over hundreds of years. In the Middle Ages, it was a royal privilege in our land. Nowadays it’s luxury pastime. Many Belarusians and foreigners are ready to spend their money to get these incomparable feelings. Oleg Krivenia, hunter:Grouse shooting is very exciting. Just imagine: early spring, you sit in a tent for a very long time and then comes a grouse and settles down with noise.

13.09.2017

The only black panther in Belarus lives in Grodno Zoo
The only black panther in Belarus lives in Grodno Zoo The big cat has already got used to Grodno's life, eats with appetite and got along with the neighboring predators. However, he still hides from visitors. To catch an animal in an external enclosure is a great success. When the CTV crew approached him, the panther posed for the camera and even meowed. The amazing cat came from Nizhny Novgorod for exchange and it took him long to adapt. Dark color in these animals is a rarity. In the zoo, the graceful animal was given the name of Mr. Black.

23.08.2017

Short-winged conehead discovered in Belarus
Short-winged conehead discovered in Belarus A species of grasshoppers rare for Belarus was discovered in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which is the west of Belarus. Short-winged conehead is included in the fourth edition of the Red Book of the Republic of Belarus. It is common in Europe, in the south of Western Siberia and Kazakhstan. Prior to that, only three places of its inhabitation were known in Belarus.

08.08.2017

New resident appears at military unit 3214  lynx called Phoenix appeared at the police special forces department. The cub was brought from Russia. The playful cub was awaited for in unit 3214. A wide cage, new house was made for him. Soon there will be a concrete floor there. Phoenix is 3 months old now. He does not only feel well, but he has already become a favorite of all. In the nearest time Phoenix will receive a passport and will be an official resident of the unit.

02.08.2017

Lizard eating banana raised in Grodno Zoo
New Caledonian crested gecko raised in Grodno Zoo A rare lizard - New Caledonian crested gecko - was raised in the Grodno Zoo. There are several such lizards in the world. They exist only in New Caledonia - an island in the Pacific Ocean - and are found almost exclusively in private collections.

26.07.2017

Belarus and Russia release 30,000 sterlet fish to the Dnieper River
Belarus and Russia release 30,000 sterlet fish to the Dnieper River Environmentalists of Belarus and Russia have implemented a joint project. More than 30,000 sterlet fish were released in the Dnieper River on the western outskirts of Smolensk. This is the first stocking of the river after the large plague that occurred in 2016. There are no borders for water inhabitants, but on both sides ecologists have many projects. Their further plans are to release in the Dnieper fry of pike and pike perch.

22.06.2017

Grodno Zoo selling raccoons
Grodno Zoo selling baby raccoons The Grodno Zoo is looking for owners for three raccoon. Three babies were born in April 2017 from a pair of inhabitants - Maya and Flip. All this time, the zoo employees were taking care of the babies feeding them with a special mixture. Now they have grown up. They cat eat on their own and are very curious about the surrounding world.

29.05.2017

Belarus, Poland, Ukraine to carry out bison population study project
Belarus, Poland, Ukraine to carry out bison population study project A bison breeding center with the participation of Poland and Ukraine will be built in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.  In addition to breeding work, which will ultimately affect the population of the forest giants, scientists will work to improve bison feeding and study micropopulations. In the future, such work can increase the flow of photo-hunters from abroad.

21.05.2017

Why can’t nightingale warbles season be missed?
Why can’t nightingale warbles season be missed? Why can’t nightingale warbles season be missed? Starling houses are made in spring. People wait for the starling to return from southern countries. When the birds settle down in their new houses, the mating season begins and they sing wonderful songs. However, it unlikely that they will beat the singing of nightingales. The season of nightingale warbles lasts for a few weeks and at the moment it is in full spate. The warbles of nightingales today can be heard in Minsk’s parks, special excursions are organized.

10.05.2017

Siberian stonechat spotted in Belarus
Siberian stonechat spotted in Belarus Siberian stonechat has been spotted in Belarus for the first time. The bird settled in the flood plain of the Nechan River in the Gomel region. This bird is a very rare guest for Belarus. Its native land is Arkhangelsk. Siberian stonechats fly to India for winter. Ornithologists do not know why this bird appeared in Belarus. Before that, it was seen in Poland twice. 17 years ago, a European stonechat was spotted in Lithuania.

15.03.2017

Belarusian bison: How they are resettled
How does Belarus develop its bison population? Mighty bison were on the verge of going extinct in the early 20th century. However, scientists managed to revive the species. Poland gave 10 bison to Białowieża Forest in 1946. The bison population has increased with the course of time. Belarus has nine bison populations in Volozhinsky experimental timber enterprise, Osipovichesky experimental forest holding, Pripyat National Park, and Polesye state Radiation-ecological Reserve.

27.02.2017

How bison overcome winter in Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest
How bison overcome winter in Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest The largest herd of adult male bison was registered in Bialowieza Forest. In the herd of over 150 head scientists counted 19 wild bulls. Previously, this figure did not exceed 13. It is known that adult males prefer to live separately during the rutting season. Bison experts were surprised to see that the forest giants prefer agribusiness fields to numerous feeders, especially if these fields are sown with winter rapeseed. Unfortunately, it was not without losses this winter: two young bison did not survive the cold season.

31.01.2017

13 species of waterfowl live in Minsk
13 species of waterfowl live in Minsk Waterfowl have recently been counted in Minsk and its surroundings. Ornithologists have found 13 species of them, with some listed as endangered. Among the 6,500 the most popular are mallards, in second place gulls and in third mute swans. According to experts, the birds wintering in Belarus feel fine. The temperature generally did not differ from the average rate, strong cold did not hurt the birds.

30.01.2017

CTV special correspondent gets Belarus' state award
CTV special correspondent gets Belarus' state award The State Inspectorate for Fauna and Flora Protection under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus has awarded a CTV correspondent and other journalists, who together with the inspectors carried out raids on illegal hunters. The award was received by CTV special correspondent Olga Petrashevskaya for her story in the TV program Picture of the World on the channel RTR-Belarus. She get a poacher talk. This man had previously shot animals illegally directly on the field of a state-run farm. Olga herself felt the dangers of the night shift.

24.01.2017

Bison counting completing in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Bison counting completing in Belovezhskaya Pushcha Bison population is being counted in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. According to scientists, the number of bisons has increased by 30 individuals over the last year. And now we can already say about the recovery of the population. Some animals don’t like crowds of curious visitors and spend time in wilderness. It’s difficult for the scientists to track down the bisons in those places.Alexei Bunevich, senior fellow at the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha:

08.01.2017

Video: Bison attacked by wolves in Bialowieza Forest Giants of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest have successfully repelled an attack by a pack of wolves.  The predators attacked the herd suddenly. Bison first fled but then gathered courage and strength and completely expelled the intruders from their place.  This video was filmed by surveillance cameras in the Polish part of the Bialowieza Forest. SEE: Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest now visa-free
More meat for animals in Minsk Zoo
More meat for animals in Minsk Zoo Animals in the Minsk zoo are now getting increased amounts of meat because of the frosty weather. Improved nutrition helps maintain the required body fat to safely ride out the colds. In addition, all pets can hide in their own insulated houses. Some of them were moved to winter pavilions. The Minsk zoo called on Minsk residents who have natural New Year trees to bring them to the zoo. Here these trees will be processed and used as food or toys for some animals.

08.12.2016

Colobus monkey settles in Grodno zoo, Belarus
Colobus monkey settles in Grodno zoo, Belarus The only Belarusian colobus monkeys can be seen in Grodno Zoo. The Oriental animals come from Russia's Kaliningrad. Playful and active, they cause enthusiasm not only in children but also in adults. The animals are now getting accustomed to the new place, next to a young alpaca and two baby tigers. They are not hiding from people, unlike barn owls, who arrived in Grodno from Russia.

01.12.2016

White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus
White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus White lions have appeared in Minsk Zoo right at the beginning of winter. The lion and lioness came from Armenia. The noble animals will live separately from their relatives, which are already considered old-timers. The predatory blondes are still teenagers in human terms. It is a male and female. The new residents of the zoo are not afraid of winter conditions. The exotic beasts spend almost all the time outside and have fun posing for visitors.

20.10.2016

They are 120,000 years old: Australian scientists about bison's origin
They are 120,000 years old: Australian scientists about bison's origin Scientists have uncovered the mystery of the origin of bison, which is one of the national symbols of Belarus. With the help of DNA analysis of the ancient remains they revealed that these animals have existed for around 120,000 years. Such conclusions were voiced by Australian researchers. They studied the genome of 64 bison. They found that these mammals appeared by crossing between the already extinct steppe bison and the ancestors of modern cattle. Previously, it was believed that the bison appeard about 12,000 years ago.

21.07.2016

Belarusian bison were returned to Bialowieza Forest 70 years ago
25% of the Earth's bison population lives in Belarus The restoration of the population of bison in the Bialowieza Forest began exactly 70 years ago. This is one of the rarest animals on our planet and a pride of Belarusians. About a quarter of the planet's bison population lives in Belarus.   The last animal living in the forest was killed in the early XX century. An attempt to revive the population was made in the 1930s. A new farm for breeding purebred animals was organized only in 1946. Then five bison were moved to Belarus.

09.06.2016

Can you hunt bison in Belarus?
Can you hunt bison in Belarus? Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrey Kovkhuto gave an interview to the CTV's program Week.Mr Kovhkuto, thank you for finding time for an interview. Many people in Belarus ask whether the "environmentally friendly product" label will soon appear in our country.   Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus:

17.05.2016

Design Week in Minsk: Unusual objects adorn city and change its future
Minsk Design Week 2016: Unusual objects adorn city and change its future Each warm season decorates Minsk with some new art objects. Minsk is transformed and becomes a point of attraction for many artists, designers and architects. One of such examples is the recent Minsk Design Week. This event had already been held in Minsk earlier and by 2016, it really gained momentum.

13.04.2016

Draft animal care law being considered in Belarus
Draft animal care law being considered in Belarus Is this a new bill? Yuri Dorogokupets, member of the Standing Commission on Housing Policy and Construction of the House of Representatives of Belarus' National Assembly:Of course. We have not had such a bill. Currently, we only have rules concerning domestic animals (dogs and cats), approved by a resolution of the Council of Ministers in 2001. And this bill is really new. What will it be?