Director´s view

Director´s view
Director´s view
Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

On Monday afternoon, we released four Przewalski's horse mares into the almost twenty-hectare enclosure at Prague’s Dívčí hrady. Shortly after, when I saw two of them on the horizon with Prague’s Pankrác district in the background, I felt like I was in Nairobi National Park, where the high-rise buildings of the Kenyan...

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

There are just a few days to go until the moment when Przewalski's horses will be running around the fenced in plain of Prague’s Dívčí hrady. As they do so they will not only bring back the history of this exceptional site and make it more attractive, but their grazing should also contribute to the return of some native...

Brazilian merganser, photo: Zooparque Itatiba

Even a single electricity generator can increase the chances of a critically endangered species’ survival. This is not some theoretical example, but a cold, hard fact. Last year, we financed just such a generator at Brazil’s Itatiba Zoo.

Kamba. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

When I arrived at the visitor area of the gorilla pavilion last Sunday, Kamba had just gotten to her feet, she took a few steps forward, picked up a fresh twig, and started nibbling on it. A weight fell from my shoulders. It meant that she was much better than she had been in the previous days.

Crucian carp. Photo: Rostislav Štefánek

The former mill race at Prague Zoo has been emptied for some time and it is now being limed. The aim is to get it ready to be stocked with some native fish, primarily crucian carp. Nowadays, this seemingly ordinary, but in many respects extraordinary fish, is one of the critically endangered species in our country. The project,...

Shot from a video taken on a Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G mobile phone. Photo: Samsung Electronics Czech and Slovak

From one small video shot at the start of the spring closing, the Zoo Shorts project has rapidly developed into something that keeps the zoo open for its visitors, well at least virtually. Keepers took short videos on their phones capturing their wards and giving a behind the...

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Statement from Prague Zoo’s director, Miroslav Bobek, on the birth of a baby Sumatran orangutan:

For many years now millions and millions of pangolins have been trafficked. It took a long time – and who knows if it’s not too late – for work to begin on giving them more effective protection. We are also trying to help with this. We have co-financed the Pangolarium in Laos and we intend to support the creation of a...

Foto: Miroslav Bobek, Zoo Praha.

The situation with covid-19 not only forced us to reduce Monday’s Prague Zoo Anniversary Celebration, during which we will reopen the Hippo House, but also to completely cancel the showing of the photo exhibition, The Beauty of Wild Horses, which shows the “Przewalski’s” in the wilds of Mongolia and China. Although it is...

“Operation Freedom”. Photo: Passion Planet

Almost nine months have passed since Rachel Hogan and I sat in her office in the Primate Sanctuary in Mefou, Cameroon, planning the building of children’s accommodation. The children are brought to Mefou from the villages surrounding the Dja Biosphere Reserve by our Wandering Bus. Here, they take part in an educational...