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Zorro in the acclimatization enclosure in Alibi last Friday morning. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

We walked through the large acclimatization enclosure in Kazakhstan’s Golden Steppe and looked around in vain for the three Przewalski’s horses that we released here. Finally, we noticed a movement in the distance. But it was only a solitary saiga.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

The trucks raced through the steppe, raising high clouds of dust behind them, along the improvised road, which the grader dug for them a few days ago. The moment when three Przewalski’s horses, loaded on their decks, would be able to leave the crammed transport crates after more than thirty hours was approaching. At that...

The mare Wespe being released from the transport box into the acclimatisation pen. Photo by Václav Šilha, Prague Zoo

Thursday morning, a Czech Army CASA aircraft landed in Arkalyk, central Kazakhstan, with four more Przewalski’s horses. The mares, Tessa, Wespe, Umbra and Sary, had undergone an 18-hour flight from Berlin, followed by a seven-hour truck journey over treacherous terrain. Just before 5pm local time, the mares were released into...

Unloading of transport boxes with Prewalski’s horses at the landing field in Arkalyk in central Kazakhstan. Photo by Václav Šilha, Prague Zoo

First three Przewalski’s horses were successfully transported from Europe to Kazakhstan. One stallion named Zorro and two mares Zeta II and Ypsilonka flew on the board of a CASA C-295M military aircraft of the Air Force of the Army of the Czech Republic and landed in Arkalyk in Central Kazakhstan. After a following ground...

The training of loading the CASA plane at the military airport in Kbely was also part of the preparation. Photo Miroslav Bobek

Two CASA C-295M planes with Przewalski’s horses on board will take off from Prague and Berlin on Monday afternoon. Their destination will be the abandoned Arkalyk airport in central Kazakhstan. If everything goes well, the first phase of reintroduction of wild horses to this Central Asian country will be completed after more...

The baby Sumatran orangutan will be named on the occasion of it being one month old on Sunday June 2nd, at 11 am. This is the first offspring of female Diri, who takes very good care of her baby. Photo Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo’s visitors can look forward to several special events during the first weekend of June. On Saturday, June 1st, all children under 15 will pay a symbolic one crown for admission to the zoo. Prague Zoo, working with the Prague Metropolitan Police, have prepared a special Children’s Day programme. It will include...

Indian crested porcupines are the northernmost representatives of their genus. The closest country to the Czech Republic where we can find them in the wild is Turkey. Photo Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo unveiled its new exhibit for Indian crested porcupines. Visitors will find it on the path between the Giant Tortoise House and the Giant Salamander exhibit in the lower part of the zoo’s grounds. At the moment the outdoor run features a group of females with two porcupettes. Once they have got used to their new...

Macumba, photo: Miroslav Bobek, Czech Radio

“Stay where you are. Don’t move,” German primatologist Daniela Hedwig was whispering into a loud gorilla shouting. “It is OK, just don’t move,” she repeated, and I wondered if I should pick up my camera and try to take the photo of my life. I had already tried to imagine this situation before and I had always ended...

Polar bears Aleut (front) and Gregor (back) getting to know their new home. Warsaw Zoo can now begin some much-needed reconstruction of their polar bear enclosure. Photo Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

Two polar bears from Warsaw Zoo arrived at Prague Zoo last Tuesday night. The thirteen-year-old twins, Gregor and Aleut, came to Prague on the basis of a recommendation from the European breeding coordinator for this species. Her decision ties in with the departure in March of the Prague male, Tom, to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where...

World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall speaking in front of Prague Zoo’s Dja Reserve alongside the zoo’s director Miroslav Bobek. Photo Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

On Saturday, Jane Goodall, the world-renowned primatologist and nature conservationist, baptised the baby western lowland gorilla born a month ago to Kijivu here at Prague Zoo. The baby gorilla was named Gaia. At the same time, the sex of this year’s second baby gorilla was revealed - as with Mobi, born in January, Gaia is...