“The elephant acquisition is the result of long-lasting efforts of [Czech] ambassador Miloslav Stasek and other officials from the Czech diplomatic mission to New Delhi, of the Czech Foreign Ministry and also of the fans of the Prague zoo,” Bobek said.Owing to Sri Lanka’s offer to use its own plane to transfer the animals the Prague zoo will save money for the costly transfer.The whole project that has been prepared for two years will cost the zoo 4.5 million crowns. Nevertheless, the elephant acquisition is Sri Lanka’s gift to the Czech Republic rather than routine exchange of animals between zoos, Bobek said.Prague zoo deputy director Jaroslav Simek said it is a unique project that will largely help extend the genetic base of the European breeding of Indian elephants. The newcomer elephants will be accommodated in a new pavilion that has been completed in the Prague zoo and that is now inhabited by an Indian elephant male and three females, including a pregnant one. Sri Lanka has donated two young female Indian elephants to the Prague zoo, where they will arrive on Saturday, flown to the Czech Republic by a Sri Lankan military plane, Prague zoo director Miroslav Bobek has told the media.The elephants, eight-year-old Janita and seven-year-old Tamara, come from the elephant zoo in Pinnawale. In return, the Prague zoo will send two comodo dragons, two Przewalski horses and two young hippopotamuses to the Colombo zoo. “The Hercules C-130 with them is to take off on Saturday at 01:00 the local time,” Bobek, who is staying in Colombo, said. The Prague zoo wanted to bring four new elephants from Sri Lanka but the country never provides more than two to foreign applicants. (CTK)
A study by the University of the West of England last year found that a 20-minute increase in commute time, averaged out across the year, is equivalent to a 19 per cent pay cut for job satisfaction. The study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.It follows data suggesting that one in seven commuters is now spending two hours or more each day travelling to and from work. People are happy to commute up to 45 minutes if it means living in a good area or reaching a desirable job, but not longer, according to a study.Researchers analysing the habits of 4,248 workers over seven years found that individuals whose commutes to their place of employment were longer than 45 minutes tended to move house in order to reduce their travel times.Conversely, those who started the study period with commutes shorter than 45 minutes were often prepared to increase their travel times in order to move to a better home or to reach a more desirable job located further away.The study also found that those who did not move house over the study period were more likely to have shorter commutes to begin with and to be home-owners with decent to high incomes.Meanwhile people who changed residences but remained at the same workplace, had middle-range incomes and upgraded from tenancy to ownership, which lengthened commutes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.