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Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

There is exactly one week until the opening of the Rákos’ House with its exhibits of rare parrot species. Seven more days and it will be here. Finally!

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Today is International Vulture Awareness Day. This was foreshadowed by the news on Tuesday that a female Egyptian Vulture, which had been hatched at Zlín Zoo and placed in an artificial nest in the Bulgarian mountains at the beginning of August, had passed away. She flew into some power lines on her very...

Prague hosts the international conference focused on wild equids. It is attended by about 120 scientists and experts from 30 countries. Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

On Monday, the 2nd International Wild Equid Conference (IWEC) 2019 was officially opened at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. This event ties in with the conference that was held seven years ago in Vienna and is attended by 120 scientists from 30 countries. Part of the programme takes place at Prague Zoo, which...

Photo: Petr Velenský, Prague Zoo

The entire genome of the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, is now available at the US National Center for Biotechnology Information under access number SJPD00000000. An article on how it was read and analyzed was published in the August issue of Nature Ecology & Evolution by a thirty-member scientific team,...

Prague Zoo employees first drove the two female vultures to the breeding and rescue station in Stara Zagora. There the vultures raised in Prague spent their last night in captivity with a veterinary examination in the morning. On the left, the chick hatched at Prague Zoo, on the right, the female hatched at Zlín Zoo. Photo: Lenka Pastorčáková, Prague Zoo

Another two Egyptian vultures reared at Prague Zoo – this time two females, one of which was hatched at Zlin Zoo – acquired a new home in the Eastern Rhodopes, where they will strengthen this endangered species’ local population. They will spend about ten days in an artificial nest on a rocky niche overlooking the Arda...

John Singleton Copley’s famous painting “Watson and the Shark”. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.

So far there hasn’t been a repeat of the Czech teacher attacked by a shark in the Adriatic. However, sharks are once again circling the media waters in abundance. Just as it was last year, two years ago, or, for that matter, twenty years ago, the threat they pose to holidaymakers at seaside resorts is once again being...

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

European ground squirrels were in the news this week thanks to the release of 85 individuals in the Louny region, which took place in the presence of the Prime Minister. But it’s not the first time they’ve been celebrated by the media. For instance, they entered the public consciousness in connection with the deliberations...

Przewalski horses in Khomiin Tal. In this case, two connected harem, one of which lives Cordordula with his descendants. Photo by Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

The cars pushed their way through the sandy terrain, bumping, sinking in and then leaping into the air again, it brought back vivid memories of when I first came here eight years ago.

The Union of Czech and Slovak Zoological Gardens (UCSZOO) has placed several billboards on the roads leading from Prague and Bratislava airports to the respective centres of both cities. They show a dead robin or goldfinch.

BirdLife International estimates that 25 million migratory birds are illegally killed each year in the Mediterranean. The Union of Czech and Slovak Zoological Gardens (UCSZOO) has decided to draw attention to this alarming situation with an outdoor campaign. Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

BirdLife International estimates that 25 million migratory birds are killed illegally every year in the Mediterranean. These include songbirds, waterfowl, turtle doves or birds of prey. They fly over the Mediterranean on their way to and from their nesting places and include “Czechoslovak” species. The Union of Czech and...