The short-beaked echidna puggle at Prague Zoo is exactly 101 days old today. It is doing very well and gaining weight. Author: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

The first ever short-beaked echidna puggle at Prague Zoo is gaining weight fast. After the last weighing yesterday, it is already more than four hundred grams. For the first time ever, the keepers can monitor the puggle’s development since it hatched, thanks to cameras placed in the burrow.

During Insectivore Weekend at Prague Zoo you can taste and buy various insect delicacies. Photo Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

Crickets fried in butter, spicy beetle larvae in garlic, roasted mealworms or grasshoppers in pancake batter – this weekend you can taste all of these at Prague Zoo. The highly popular insect festival will also offer special narrated feedings of the insectivorous animals.

These are the ninth and tenth piglets to be born at Prague Zoo. At the moment the group of Chacoan peccaries numbers eleven individuals. Author. Petr Hamerník, Zoo

The herd of Chacoan peccaries at Prague Zoo is now looking after two new babies. The birth of each new piglet is great news for European breeding. This prehistoric animal was considered extinct until 1971. Currently, the number in the wild is estimated at several thousand individuals at most and the population is declining,...

Photo: Oliver Le Que, Zoo Praha

Nowadays, visitors to Prague Zoo can see more than six hundred and eighty animal species. After many months, the majority of the pavilions are open and the public can finally see such wonders as the rare parrots in the Rákos’ House or watch Miss Jasmine, the tapir, going about her business in the outdoor areas. Commented...

Foto: Miroslav Bobek, Zoo Praha

In Greek mythology the Echidna was half-woman and half-serpent. This is an excellent choice. Echidnas are very old and at first glance look like a sort of overgrown hedgehog or a small porcupine, however, although they are mammals, they still exhibit a number of reptilian traits, such as the presence of a cloaca, egg-laying and...

The white-bellied heron is one of the most endangered birds on the planet. There are less than thirty individuals in Bhutan Author: Royal Society for the Protection of Nature Bhutan

Prague Zoo is helping to protect the critically endangered, white-bellied heron in the Kingdom of Bhutan. There are less than sixty of these large herons in their entire range, half of them living in Bhutan. However, even there it is under threat from the construction of hydroelectric power plants. Therefore, several years ago,...

Two-year-old Prixi is the offspring of Tipito and the female Boženka. Both her parents can be seen in the European bison enclosure in the upper part of Prague Zoo. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Zoo Praha

Today Prixi, the two-year-old female European bison, left for Tierpark Berlin, Germany, where she will spend several months getting ready for the long journey to Azerbaijan’s Shahdag National Park. She will be transported there as part of an international conservation project that Prague Zoo takes part in. She will become the...

When I was preparing for my first ever visit to Prague Zoo’s breeding and acclimatisation station in Dolní Dobřejov, just before St. Nicholas Day 2010, snow was lying fresh on the ground. Everyone started trying to talk me out of the trip. It was as if I was going way up beyond the Arctic Circle, not just eighty kilometres...

The baby South American tapir born on April 29th is to be named. The female tapir’s name will be officially revealed on Sunday morning.

So far both pairs, taken to the calm of the breeding facility, are taking good care of their young. Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo.

The keepers at Prague Zoo are delighted to have a total of eight chicks of the critically endangered Edwards' pheasant. There has not been any sign of this rare bird in the wild since 2000, so breeding it in captivity is probably its only hope for survival.