On 31 May 2017, a new Visitor’s Code will come into force at Prague Zoo. From the same date, smoking will be prohibited in all areas of our zoological garden. Thank you for understanding and for your compliance with these rules.

Max, the male Indian elephant, really enjoyed his first birthday celebrations at Prague zoo. A large crowd of visitors stood in The Valley of the Elephants to watch Max, in the company of the younger elephant Rudi, enjoy his birthday gifts.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

“Tři sta třicet tři stříbrných křepelek.” The Cameroonian schoolboys laughed as they successfully repeated the Czech tongue-twister after me. We were theirs. Later we handed out decks of cards and began to teach them a modified version of Old Maid. It consisted of pairs of cards depicting animal species that are...

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

As I write this column, the plane’s flight attendants are handing out heart-shaped sweets and greetings cards. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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...

Two elephant males were born in Prague Zoo during 2016. The first one called Max was born on April 5th (on the right) and half a year later, Rudolf was born on October 7th. Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

This year, 1,448,353 visitors came to Prague Zoo. That's a record for the most visitors in one year in the history of the zoo. 2016 was very successful in all areas. Here are the “top ten” highlights.

Prague Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a very rare and valuable lizard species, the Earless Monitor Lizard. A group of seven of these unique animals arrived at Prague Zoo from Japan at the beginning of December. The largest of them can be seen from December 21st in the Indonesian Jungle pavilion in one of the expositions of nocturnal animals.

Dr. Jane Goodall especially enjoyed the Gorilla Pavilion. Foto: Václav Šilha, Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo, in cooperation with the Science Faculty of Charles University, invited to Prague the legendary primatologist and wildlife protector, Dr. Jane Goodall. Dr. Goodall is currently dedicating most of her time to nature preservation and raising awareness through an international foundation Roots and Shoots. On December...