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."