Primary school children are to learn more about Cyprus’ curious critters such as its snakes, owls and hedgehogs as the government launches an educational book on the island’s wildlife.

The Myths and Truths of the Animals of Cyprus book aims to instill respect and spread awareness of the wildlife which face threats on multiple fronts.

Children will learn, through games and other activities within the book, about six “misunderstood” animals which populate Cyprus: barn owls, spiders, foxes, bats, snakes and hedgehogs.

Its launch was made public on Monday as the education and environment ministries said the book will be made available to children of the second, third and fourth years of state primary schools.

Officials said the book was made possible by bringing together scientists and academics from various fields to combine their knowledge and make it available to youngsters.