The educational campaign is devoted to the preservation of rare plants

Educational campaign

Mykolaiv Zoo today held a traditional educational campaign "Let's save the first spring flowers", dedicated to the protection of rare plants of our region.

Every spring, at spontaneous markets, at bus stops, in other crowded places, you can meet people selling inexpensive bouquets of spring flowers or dug up bulbs, rhizomes of these plants for sale. Among the rare plants plucked and dug up by these "entrepreneurs" can be bulbs of netted saffron (Crocus reticulatus) or tulip Buzky (Tulipa hypanica), rhizomes of low cocks (Iris humilis) or bushes of adonis (Adonis), dream grass (Pulsatilla patens), steppe almond (Prunus tenella), bunches of Odesa gymnosperm (Gymnospermium odetianum) and other plants (photos of these and other plants can be seen on our campaign leaflet). Of course, such "sorrow sellers" assure that they grew all these plants with their own hands in their garden. The only problem is that, if the listed plants even take root in the garden, they will definitely not be able to multiply on such a scale that there will be enough for sale.

Trade in rare plants is prohibited! By plucking, digging up these plants, you are breaking the law! Do not pluck these plants yourself in nature and tell others about the need to protect these extremely beautiful flowers! Do not buy bouquets of rare flowers and dug plants for planting! If there is no demand, there will be no incentive to destroy such plants in nature. It is better to give preference to specially grown cultivated varieties of spring flowers, because they look no worse, sometimes even much more spectacular, than their relatives in nature. Leave the flowers in nature for your children and grandchildren, so they can also admire the blooming multi-colored "carpets" of rare plants!

It was this information that we distributed today during the event. And in order for our little visitors to better remember the information they received, as well as to remember their visit to the zoo, they were able to make a spring flower with their own hands using the modular origami technique.