Shinda loves her food, making her very popular with visitors. Seven-year-old Ajabu is her only son and is currently the baby of the gorilla group. Photo Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

Following the winter break, the outdoor enclosure for the gorilla group in the Dja Reserve has reopened. The male, Kisumu, and Duni, the daughter of Prague’s famous Moja, entered the exhibit’s outdoor section for the first time. Last week it was confirmed that Duni is pregnant!

The newly set up pair of smooth-coated otters inhabits Prague Zoo’s Indonesian Jungle exhibit. Females can be recognised by their lighter fur and smaller appearance. Photo Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

This week, visitors to Prague Zoo can see a newly set up pair of smooth-coated otters. This tropical carnivore is rarely bred in captivity and now inhabits an island opposite the southern pig-tailed macaques in the Indonesian Jungle Pavilion.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

When I left my office to watch the couple of hamerkops that were tirelessly carrying material to their already gigantic nest in the aviary under the cliff, Helena Růžičková’s replica from the well-known Czech comic film Sun, Hay and Strawberries came to my mind: “If you build an extension, we’ll add a whole floor!”...

In situ projects are a key mission of a modern zoo. The successful reintroduction of Przewalski's horses - which, following Mongolia, may also be reintroduced into Kazakhstan - is proof that they make sense. Photo Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

One of the key missions of zoos is to protect biodiversity. Prague Zoo mostly finances its in situ projects with funds from each entry. This has now risen from 5 to 8 CZK. Jana Komrsková, Deputy Mayor for the Environment, made the announcement at today’s opening of the Faces of CITES exhibition.

Przewalski’s Horses. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

“200 km straight, then a mild curve to the left, again 200 km straight, right turn and after another 50 km we will stop for the night,” I wrote home with only a little exaggeration when we were heading by cars to the “Golden Steppe” Altyn Dala after the afternoon flight to Kostanay in northern Kazakhstan. The following...

Šiška is already enjoying the special pulp, just like her parents. Not only does she eat her carefully measured portion, but she also comes to lick up the leftovers from her mother Run Hou Tang. Photo Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Šiška, a female pangolin at Prague Zoo, is a quarter of a year old. Although she is still drinking her mother's milk, she is slowly switching to her parents' diet, thus getting through another critical period for the first pangopup in Europe.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek

It was an unbelievable paradox. During my journey to Cameroon, I received news about the progress of the pangolin female Šiška and at the same time I was daily seeing pangolins in street stalls and on markets or cooked in local restaurants… Pangolins have been strictly protected in Cameroon for many years, however the trade...

The Director of Prague Zoo, Miroslav Bobek, signing the Memorandum of Cooperation to Return Przewalski’s Horses to Kazakhstan in the country’s capital Astana. Photo by Tomáš Hulík, Prague Zoo

Today, in the presence of the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and the Republic of Kazakhstan, Petr Fiala and Älihan Smaiylov, the Director of Prague Zoo, Miroslav Bobek, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to Return Przewalski’s Horses to Kazakhstan. There have been long-term negotiations concerning this cooperation,...

Šiška, Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

For many years I had a wish, which I rather did not want to tell anybody about. It seemed so immodest and unrealistic to me.

Picture: Colonel Zelinka perfectly captured the look and functioning of Prague Zoo in the 1930s. Petr, the hippo, is depicted here with the keeper in the original house of pachyderms, which used to be at the place of today’s lemur exhibit. The headquarters of the zoo are in the background. Source: the collections of the Austrian Film Museum

Thirteen films, which found their way to us from the Austrian Film Museum, provided us with a great deal of information about the look and functioning of Prague Zoo in the 1930s. Even more exciting is the discovery that there probably were – or still are – many more of these films. Perhaps up to twenty-one! We know that...