Director´s view

Director´s view
Director´s view
Lakuna a Amalee. Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

On Sunday we named both our baby elephants. The daughters of Tamara and Janita, our Prague elephant princesses. I’d like to remind you that the first was born on March 27th, when the zoo had been closed for a fortnight, and the second on May 9th, when it had been reopened, but many restrictions still applied. Of course, right...

It was before “corona”. While on holiday in Palolem, in the Indian state of Goa, we went for a walk along the beach after dinner. Fish and seafood vendors had set up simple stalls. I photographed some northern red snappers and several barracudas, and then I was surprised to see that two sharks barely forty centimetres long...

Dave Schaap with “Mr Sumac” in Cressy. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

In a few days, it will be half a year since Dave Schaap sent me a photo from Tasmania’s Hobart Airport. It was of a concrete runway with two carts in the foreground. A sign above one of them – with four wooden crates – read: Ready to load. “At last!” I cried out in joy.

Next Saturday we’ll open Prague Zoo’s newly built exhibition, dedicated to Tasmania and Australia. When the architects designed it, they were inspired by the fact that we had chosen its location at the bottom of a slope that is crowned by an artistic rendition of a meteorite. They did some research and discovered that...

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Eight days ago, last Friday night, we published a video taken by our keeper Irek Dabrowski. It captured the highly pregnant elephant Janita with a swollen belly, which clearly showed the baby elephant moving inside.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Zoo Praha

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Wet market in Laos. Photo: Miroslav Bobek

Six months ago, if you were to tell people there would be a pandemic that would spread from one of China’s many wet markets and paralyse the world, most people would consider it to have been the unlikely plot of a disaster movie. In reality, however, something similar could have been expected.

A still from a video about enrichment for orangutans. Author:  Vendula Hejná

I walked through the open turnstiles into the empty zoo, whereupon I stopped and turned back. Then, suddenly, I pulled out my mobile and began to take a video of the entrance to the closed zoo.

The female elephant as pictured this Wednesday. Photo by Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

It’s a shame I can't invite you to the zoo this Sunday. Our youngest baby elephant, a ten-day-old female, will venture out for the first time. That’s if the weather is good. But there’s nothing to be done about it. Unfortunately, you will not see her with your own eyes and I’m more or less in the same boat as you. I also...

Photo: Miroslav Bobek

On Monday, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress permanently banned the trade and consumption of wild animals. This decision came on the heels of a temporary ban this January. It was made on the day 79,524 people were confirmed to be infected with coronavirus 2019-nCoV and the number of deaths had risen to...