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Zoo Praha / Prague Zoo

Continued exploration with metal detectors close to the Sklenářka farmstead has, among other finds, turned up a copper counter coin dating to the year 1599 during the reign of Emperor Rudolf II (1552-1612). We will never know how it got there – it was probably due to some incredible coincidence – but in my mind, it...

For many animals, speed is a fundamental asset. It is speed that secures their survival. It allows them to succeed as predators, or to escape their own predators. The cheetah’s speed is indeed fascinating, as is the adaptation that enables it to execute its feats of strength and agility.

After a several hours long journey from the Laotian capital Vientiane, we briefly dropped off our stuff at the hotel and, led by French naturalist Jean-Pierre Hugot, set off to the local market. I did not have any high hopes of discovering anything special there, but I wanted to see it at least. Twenty years ago American...

Recently I have written about a Caribbean Flamingo female called "FHF", who came to Prague almost 50 years ago on the 5th of August 1965. Regarding the fact that she was captured in Cuba as an adult bird, she might be well over 50. So she lived in the olden times, when Beatles started playing, and at least six presidents took...

The first one to whom I confided this excellent news was the editor of Sri Lanka newspaper The Island. I felt it was most proper to publish it first on Janita´s home island and only then in our country.

There must be tens of similar department stores in Bangkok. It is a bit shaggy from outside, but shiny inside and full of goods. The first several floors evoke Prague´s Kotva in its better days. But at the fifth floor starts something which sets the Pata Department Store off from the other ones. There is a ticket office for a...

Mr Rana, the director, set behind the wheel of his Jeep and we drove to the other end of his zoo. And there they were, all three of them in one enclosure – Jamvan, Jennifer and Gini, three young Indian Lions, who are scheduled to move from Gujarat to Prague this summer.

Jamvan, Gini and Jennifer are names of three Indian Lions, who should arrive from Sakkarbaug Zoo, Gujarat, to Prague this summer. Their acquisition was preceded by more than two-year long negotiation, and if everything goes well, it will be the first import of these lions for European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) after...

Today at the seat of Czech Embassy in Delhi we signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between Indian Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and Prague Zoo. It creates a basis for the cooperation between our Zoo and Indian zoos.

A total of fifteen architects ateliers participated in the design contest for the new gorilla pavilion. For Prague Zoo it´s construction is crucial, as the current pavilion is located at the lowest part of the Zoo and in case of another major flood the evacuation of gorillas would be connected with enormous risk. All the...

 
 


The fastest runner

For many animals, speed is a fundamental asset. It is speed that secures their survival. It allows them to succeed as predators, or to escape their own predators. The cheetah’s speed is indeed fascinating, as is the adaptation that enables it to execute its feats of strength and agility.