The killing of the young male giraffe, Marius, in Copenhagen zoo provoked a wave of emotion, but it also highlighted the difficulties of keeping of wild animals in captivity and the fundamental differences in the perception of what is right and what is natural.

Elephant Sita and the baby orangutan Diri from the Prague Zoo celebrated their first  birthday. l ast Sunday 9th February 2014.. The  Zoo was  filled with masks of elephants and orangutans, as the main attraction was a carnival.

Two Ural Owls, which are the largest Czech owls, travelled from Prague Zoo to Austria. They will help to  preserve local wild population which has significantly decreased. During previous years Prague Zoo repeatedly released Ural Owls also to the wild forests of Šumava.

Prague zoo has managed to obtain two females of Southern Lesser Galagos  from New York. The transportation, which is important for the entire European breeding of these cute primates, was until the last moment endangered by the strong freeze in the USA.

The popular evening tours around the Prague Zoo started again. They take place every Friday and Saturday in January at 5.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The first one is  dedicated especially to children, and the tour guide adapts the narration to suit their needs.

The high-water that hit Prague Zoo in the first June days flooded the lower part of its area , but fortunately  it hadn’t reach the level of 2002 floods,  therefore the damage was not so big.

The festive programme at Prague Zoo will be launched on Saturday, 30th November, with the lighting of the Christmas tree and will finish on New Year, when the commented animal feeding takes place. This year, visitors have a new option to take a Bethlehem light from the Zoo.

Sita is lovingly cared by most of the member of the herd. Photo: Tomáš Adamec, Zoo Praha

The male elephant Mekong has got some issues with his females that kind of surprise him by their behaviour. It is, however, expected that he should become a father.

An exceptionally valuable brown hyena is settling down in a pen near the Elephant Valley. Prague Zoo thus attempts to renew the once world-renowned breeding of this animal species.

umpkin Feast and Animal Symbols in Prague Zoo, photo Tomas Adamec

Prague Zoo has prepared an interesting programme for the upcoming weekend. On Sunday, there will be a pumpkin feast with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. On Monday, visitors will be acquainted with animals and their symbolism in state emblems and crests.