Welcome to the Eco_zoo_corner, which was founded on 9 December 2020 and was created in connection with the project Innovation of teaching zoological subjects of KEŽP (FRUP_2020_30, the project of the Competition for Development Projects of Palacký University in Olomouc). The aim of the Eco_zoo_corner is primarily to support the practical teaching of our students, but at the same time it should also serve for education and ecological awareness of the general public.  It is a place where children, students, teachers and other people interested in nature and ecology can meet. Here you can exchange your knowledge, discuss various issues and gain new insights.


The centrepiece of the Eco-zoo-corner is the zoological exhibition, which was created in cooperation with the Olomouc Zoo, NaturaServis s. r. o. in Hradec Králové.  By arrangement, it is possible to organize a guided tour for kindergartens, primary, secondary and higher schools, as well as for the general public. You will be able to learn about the ecology of the species and the causes of their endangerment. You can also see the department's invertebrate collection and learn about current research.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Eco-zoo-corner:

Martin Rulík
martin.rulik@upol.cz, +420 585 634 569

Ivan H. Tuf
ivan.tuf@upol.cz, +420 585 634 556

Lukáš Weber
lukas.weber@seznam.cz, +420 585 634 575

Barbora Ďurajková
barboradurajkova@gmail.com, +420 585 634 571

Spolupráce a sponzoring:

      

Blatticomposting

Blatticomposting or composting with cockroaches (from the Latin name for cockroaches - Blattodea), is a new way of processing bio-waste and converting it into compost. The resulting product is a high quality biocompost - so-called blatticompost, or cockroach droppings, which, like vermicompost (the product of earthworm activity), can be used as a fertiliser for indoor and outdoor plants.

 

Invertebrata

The term invertebrate does not refer to any natural taxon in zoology. Given the human tendency to have a dichotomous view of the world, the group invertebrates usually includes all animals except vertebrates. It therefore includes representatives of more than three dozen tribes. At present, they include more than a million described species, but there are many more undescribed species. Estimating the total number of species is very difficult, so educated guesses range from three to thirty million species. The oldest animals are not known from the fossil record at all, as they probably had soft bodies not unlike jellyfish - they did not need hard shells because there were no predators. The oldest fossil of an organism that has recently been identified as an animal belongs to a member of the genus Dickinsonia, which lived 575 million years ago and thus represents the oldest known invertebrate animal so far.

 

The longest living species of animal is the Arctic marine bivalve (Arctica islandica), which can live up to 500 years. However, species that are capable of cryptobiosis (a temporary reduction in metabolism below detectable levels, such as turtles) can "live" much longer. From the Siberian permafrost, scientists have recovered live nematodes that supposedly froze there 30-40 thousand years ago! The smallest animal is hard to find, especially without a microscope. Also, it is useful to compare the size of adults, not juveniles, larvae or embryos. The smallest animals are thought to be the fish moths (Myxozoa), some species of which are only tens of micrometers in size. The largest invertebrates are unrivalled cephalopods, with the giant crab (Architeuthis dux) reportedly growing up to sixteen metres.

In our inventory you can currently see representatives of molluscs, crustaceans, centipedes, arachnids and various insects.

Vertebrata

Vertebrates are a less abundant group of animals compared to invertebrates. Around 66,000 species are known on our planet so far, with 20% of them facing extinction and around 60% showing a significant decline in abundance over the last decades. The oldest representatives of the vertebrate subtribe discovered in China (genus Haikouichthys) date back to the Cambrian explosion 525 million years ago.

Among the interesting facts is that the longest living species confirmed is the small-headed shark (Somniosus microcephalus), which apparently lives up to 400 years (and reaches maturity at 150 years). The largest vertebrate is the basking shark (Balaenoptera musculus), which reaches up to 33.6 m and weighs around 185 tonnes. At 7.7 mm long, the Papuan frog (Paedophryne amanuensis) is probably the smallest vertebrate in the world.

In our inventory you can see representatives of species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

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