The Guardian and the Observer on Postojna’s baby dragons

Published: 7.9.2017

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The Guardian and the Observer on Postojna’s baby dragons

Even before the summer, Postojna Cave presented an awareness campaign on the importance of clean waters, which are the habitat of the “human fish”. In the past few days, one of the most respected media in the world and one of the most respected scientific journalists in the world, Robin McKie, wrote about the efforts of Postojna Cave and the cave laboratory team. An article published in the Guardian and the Observer, both online and in print, was devoted to preserving the “baby dragon”, and Slovenia was introduced as a country that "takes care of baby dragons".

The Guardian and the Observer on Postojna’s baby dragons

In 2016 Postojna Cave welcomed new batch of baby dragons – the olm that lives in the Slovenian caves. “We now have 21 baby olms flourishing in our trays,” said Primož Gnezda, a biologist working in Postojna Cave. “For the first time we have witnessed the hatching of proteus larvae and, after one year, they are all healthy. And that gives us hope we can save our olms for the future.” Postojna Cave is successfully raising awareness of pollution that affects the underground waters, the habitat of cave animals. The olm is the largest among them and can grow up to 30cm in length.

The story underlines the importance of the Postojna team’s success in establishing a breeding colony. “There may be thousands of our baby dragons in the caves but equally there is a constant danger of pollution,” says Marjan Batagelj, the CEO of Postojna Cave. “Only a slight change to the water here could have a devastating effect, so this colony is a lifeline.”

Read the entire article on How Slovenia is helping its “baby dragons” here.

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