Director´s view

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

Ganbaatar handed me the keys to his Land Cruiser. The well is not far off, but it’ll better for us to go there by car in this freezing cold.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

The dry road was replaced by ice and the car window slowly began to frost over. A clear sign that, even by Mongolian standards, it was cold outside. Something around minus thirty. Despite that, from behind the wheel Ganbaatar, our Mongolian associate and Director of the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, repeated that this...

A herd of Przewalski’s horses led by the stallion Nomchon. The famous “Prague” mare Zeta is also a part of it. Photo by Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

We had a lot of respect for the journey to the frozen Gobi in January. The reports coming from Mongolia spoke of temperatures falling to minus 50 degrees, and although not directly in the area where we were headed, we made sure we were equipped with the warmest winter clothing possible. It was worth it. Temperatures around 35...

She was born here as a Rothschild’s giraffe and before we could baptize her; she’d turned into a Northern Nubian giraffe.

The story originated on Chinese news websites but owes its runaway pan-European success to an article in the British Daily Mail – and to its over-the-top headline:
Monster from the deep: Extremely rare giant salamander measuring a whopping 4ft 7in discovered in remote cave in China

The northern white rhinoceros are dying out before our eyes. The female Nola was put to death in the San Diego Zoo on Sunday due to problems related to her high age and today there are only three individuals left in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where they were transported from the zoo in Dvůr Králové nad Labem. The last...

My notes this year include a very long list of newly discovered animal species and other events in zoology that are significant or at least remarkable. Sarah Woodfin and the Annamite striped rabbit are among the top items on my list. I was very pleased by the fact that this student has managed to document such an interesting animal!

Jamvan and Ginni. Photo: Jaroslav Šimek, Zoo Praha

The negotiations and preparations took three years. On Wednesday afternoon, on the Czech Statehood Day, as a matter of coincidence, I received news from Gujarat at last, finally confirming the date of departure of the three Indian lions from the Sakkarbaug Zoo to Prague. I heaved a sigh of relief – and simultaneously prayed...

It is said that when in the end of 1950s workers discovered in one of Prague gardens a strange statue with animal features under a drift of leaves and soil the authorities did not know what to do with it. So they offered it to the zoological garden.

There is always something to discover. Also in a zoo. When I asked Pavel Krásenský, zoologist and photographer to document the lives of insects in our Zoo, I hoped that he would discover something interesting. But reality exceeded expectations.