Prague Zoo´s babyboom. Which new-borns can you see at the moment?

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06. 05. 2021


Exactly 272 new-borns have seen the light of day in Prague Zoo since the beginning of this year. Currently, many of the 82 mammal, bird and reptile species can be seen in the outdoor exhibitions. Among the more interesting of the latest additions are the South American tapir, the Chacoan peccary and the red-crowned cranes.

The keepers will know the sex of the newly born Chacoan peccary piglet in about three weeks. In the meantime, the parents are taking good care of it and visitors can see it most of the day with the whole group in the outdoor enclosure. Author: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo The keepers will know the sex of the newly born Chacoan peccary piglet in about three weeks. In the meantime, the parents are taking good care of it and visitors can see it most of the day with the whole group in the outdoor enclosure. Author: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

The South American tapir calf is just one week old and will undoubtedly attract visitors with its striped colouring.

“This tapir calf is important because it is the first offspring of the female Taluen,” said mammal curator Pavel Brandl. “We obtained her from French Guiana in 2019 as part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) breeding programme. This means she carries unique genes that are not yet present in European breeding. The calf’s father is called Tex, who also has a very interesting non-European ancestry.”

The birth of the South American tapir took place very quickly, according to the keepers it was over and done with between their checks on the female. The calf is in the care of its mother, who nurses it regularly. Author: Petr Hamerník, Prague ZooThe birth of the South American tapir took place very quickly, according to the keepers it was over and done with between their checks on the female. The calf is in the care of its mother, who nurses it regularly. Author: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

Weather permitting, the little tapir will be able to venture outside for the first time this Saturday, albeit for a short time at first to get used to the intense sunlight and outdoor temperatures. Visitors to Prague Zoo will be able to see the South American tapirs in the exhibit opposite the Darwin Crater.

Visitors can also see a recent new addition in the upper part of the grounds, where a Chacoan peccary was born a few days ago.

“This is the eighth piglet of this endangered species to be born in Prague Zoo. However, its mother is a different female from the previous cubs, which makes it even more important for us,” said Jan Mengr, the curator of ungulates.

Prague Zoo also supports the conservation of the Chacoan peccary in its natural range in the Gran Chaco area.

The two red-crowned crane chicks are already two weeks old. Although a symbol of longevity in its homeland, it is one of the most endangered bird species with a global population of around three thousand individuals. Prague Zoo has managed to regularly breed these cranes since 2011.

“The parental pair has an unusual lineage. The male, Albert, comes from Saitama Zoo in Japan. The female, Amálka, is originally from Beijing, China and is the longest living red-crowned crane in Prague Zoo, arriving here in 1998,” said Antonín Vaidl, the curator of birds, describing the reason for the rare mating.

The two red-crowned crane chicks are well cared for by their experienced parents Amálka and Albert. The chicks are given scrambled eggs and insects three times a day, which their parents carry on the tip of their beaks, from where the chicks gobble it down. Author: Petr Hamerník, Prague ZooThe two red-crowned crane chicks are well cared for by their experienced parents Amálka and Albert. The chicks are given scrambled eggs and insects three times a day, which their parents carry on the tip of their beaks, from where the chicks gobble it down. Author: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

Visitors can see the crane chicks in the Bird Wetlands exhibition.

Currently, during a visit to the zoo, the public can also look forward to babies from the eastern grey kangaroos and red-necked wallabies in the Darwin Crater, the leopard tortoises in the rock labyrinth of Africa Up Close, or the meerkats at the African House.

In the last four months, Prague Zoo has also had several important additions that are not currently visible and are being cared for by the keepers in the rear facilities. These include brown roofed turtles, palm cockatoos, the white-nosed coati and Pesquet’s parrots