Rome's Zoological Museum has designated Saturday 22 Saturday "Bubu Day" to raise awareness for the conservation of Italy's brown bear. Organised by WWF Italia with the city of Rome, the series of free events includes conferences with wildlife experts and exhibitions relating to the majestic animal which has long populated myths, fairytales and cartoons. The events take place from 10.00 to 14.00, and from 15.00 to 17.00, with the art and photographic exhibitions remaining open on Sunday 23 September.
Meanwhile, following its sold-out Safari Night series, the neighbouring Bioparco has scheduled a number of autumn events and activities for both young and old. The initiatives include Bioparco Nature Tours – a series of group excursions exploring the flora and fauna of Lazio's natural parks in places such as Circeo, Castelli Romani, Bracciano-Martignano and Appia Antica. There are Urban Trekking events in the pipeline too, as well as Lemur Sundays and the festival Footprints: Artists in the Bioparco, with art inspired by the zoo’s residents and surroundings.
The Bioparco has opened a new area for Montecristo goats, a nearly extinct species that lives only on the island of that name in the Tuscan archipelago. Zoo authorities hope the animals will breed so that they can be moved back to their homeland.
Last but not least, the Bioparco recently welcomed Marcella the baby zebra, who was presented to the public on 20 September. Like every other young zebra, Marcella was born with brown stripes which will turn to black when she reaches adulthood, and is in “excellent health” according to the Bioparco.