Prague Zoo to publish a photo book “Silent Zoo: What You Didn’t See Due to the Pandemic”

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30. 03. 2021


173 out of 365 days without visitors! In its entire history, Prague Zoo has never been closed for so long. A new photo publication, prepared by Miroslav Bobek, Petr Hamerník and the team, captures the period from the beginning of March 2020 to the end of February 2021, when Prague Zoo had to lock its gates for almost half of this time due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Zookeeper Aneta Kratochvílová. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo Zookeeper Aneta Kratochvílová. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

The 126 photographs take Prague Zoo’s supporters on a tour of the grounds, pavilions, and exhibitions. They also give the visitors a behind-the-scenes peek at the keepers’ work and take them among the animals they weren’t allowed to see. It’s an opportunity to investigate a time when Prague Zoo was indeed closed, but life went on. The publication is a journey through a zoo closed for one year.

The actual zoo employees themselves also took part in the book’s promotion and, by means of their social networks, shared their photos directly with the book and a link to eshop.zoopraha.cz. The first print run has sold out and is now awaiting a reprint. The Czech media has received the book well, heaping great praise on it.

Zookeeper Jakub Mezei. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague ZooZookeeper Jakub Mezei. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

Zookeeper Lucie Holatová. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague ZooZookeeper Lucie Holatová. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

Zookeeper Denisa Zběhlíková. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague ZooZookeeper Denisa Zběhlíková. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo