Last year started with tragedy for the Yerevan
Zoo, but ended with more animals than before
and with plans of animal matrimony.
Four predators at the zoo died last January
after eating meat poisoned by anthrax, prompting
a municipal investigation and criticism
of zoo personnel.
"The past year of the goat, I can
say was both a good and a bad year for us,"
says zoo director Sahak Abovyan (who has
a fondness for wearing ties with brightly-colored
animal images on them). "But at the
end of the year we managed to fill the places
of the dead animals by bringing several
instead of one."