MOJA’S DAUGHTER DUNI IS IN PRAGUE, THE STORY CONTINUES…

Director´s view

Miroslav Bobek  |  17. 09. 2022


To kick off with, I would like to express my deepest thanks to my colleagues, especially Jarda Šimek, Pavel Brandl, Roman Vodička and Martin Vojáček, as well as the command of the Czech Air Force and the 24th Air Transportation Base at Prague-Kbely, the general staff of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic and Ivan Jančárek, the Czech Ambassador to Spain. We did it!

Dune in Cabárcen in July 2022. Pictures of it cannot be taken in Prague for the time being due to the quarantine conditions. Photo by Miroslav Bobek Dune in Cabárcen in July 2022. Pictures of it cannot be taken in Prague for the time being due to the quarantine conditions. Photo by Miroslav Bobek

A short summary:
On Friday afternoon, a CASA military aircraft landed at Prague-Kbely airport. It was bringing Duni, a female gorilla, from Spain. She is the daughter of the famous Moja and the granddaughter of Kijivu and Richard. She will join Prague Zoo’s breeding group of western lowland gorillas, which is being set up in the newly built pavilion named the Dja Reserve. It is hoped that she too will become a mother.

Unloading at the airport of the 24th air transport base in Prague-Kbely. Photo by Miroslav Bobek

The nine-year-old Duni started the transport on Friday in Cabárceno, just after eight o’clock in the morning. For weeks beforehand, however, the keepers had been training Duni to enter the transport box, and, as a result, there were no problems when loading her. She was then driven to the airport in Santander. There, a CASA army plane was ready and waiting to fly her back to the Czech Republic, having been on a training exercise in Zaragoza.

The departure from Santander was delayed by about an hour due to a strike by air traffic controllers in France, but that was the only complication the transport had. The CASA landed in Prague-Kbely at 17:00 and about an hour later Duni got out of the transport box and into the background section at Prague’s Dja Reserve. She was calm and relaxed and soon started exploring her new surroundings.

In a moment, the transport box will open and Duni will enter the Dja Reserve - the new gorilla pavilion of the Prague Zoo. Photo by Miroslav Bobek