Radio Prague: “Prague zoo shares flood experience with Tbilisi”

The territory of Tbilisi Zoo was devastated in the June 13 flood. Photo by Pavel Golovkin.AP., Jun 22, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia

A group of experts from Czech zoos are now in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi to help the city’s zoo recover from the devastating flood last week. 

Prague Zoo, which experience similar disasters in 2002 and 2013, will provide advice and well as practical help.

A news piece broadcast on Radio Prague, journalist Ruth Frankova speaks with Prague Zoo spokesperson Jana Ondrejechová and discusses how the Czech experts will assist their Georgian counterparts.

The team of skilled experienced keepers from the Czech zoos left for Tbilisi [on Monday June 15]. They consist of seven people, five of them are from Prague zoo and two of other are from other Czech zoos [in Ústí and Labem and Zlín]. Those people who went to Tbilisi are experienced in floods … especially the team leader Petr Velenský. He is the one who experienced the floods in Prague zoo in 2002 and 2013, so we are we are pretty sure they can help [in Tbilisi] because of their experience."

When asked what she believed the most important thing to do in the immediate aftermath of the flood, Ondrejechová replied: "I think the most important thing is to clean up the premises”.

The last information that we have is that there is a lot of mud, so people are cleaning that and they are looking for animals underneath that can still be alive,” she said.

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