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Historically, this is only the sixth time that the world's greatest accolade for zoos has been awarded. The WAZA Conservation Award went to Zoo Prague for its Return of the Wild Horses project. Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

As of today, Prague Zoo is the holder of the highest award from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the WAZA Conservation Award. It received it for the Return of the Wild Horses project and for its long-standing contribution to the efforts to conserve the Przewalski's horse. This is only the sixth time that the...

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Prior to my last trip to Cameroon, one of the things I noted was that we should find out more about African palm weevils and their production. I wrote about them here a while ago: almost as thick as a finger and sometimes two index finger phalanges long, the larvae of Rhynchophorus phoenicis are a popular delicacy in some...

The first ever red panda twins to be born at Prague Zoo are a male and a female. Visitors can see them in the outdoor enclosure as they move around together with their mother, mostly in the morning and around noon. Author: Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

Visitors to Prague Zoo can now see the two rare additions to the red panda exhibit near the main entrance to the zoo. The four-month-old twins have just started to move around the outdoor enclosure on their own.

The Return of the Wild Horses conservation programme is one of Prague Zoo’s proudest achievements. The return of Przewalski's horses to the wilds of Mongolia began exactly ten years ago after uncommonly bad weather caused the death of a large part of the local population. We spoke to Miroslav Bobek, Director of Prague Zoo,...

Griffon vulture and Egyptian vulture in the “Grand Restaurant Potočnica”. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

During our trip to the Eastern Rhodopes, we received news that the restaurant we intended to visit was very well stocked. Although none of the pastoralists or any of the surrounding villages had any fallen livestock to give, the abundance of offal from the nearest abattoir was more than enough to replace them. I should point out...

Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo’s Director, and Tomáš Hebelka, Director of the State Printing Works of Securities, were present as the first Trojan Thalers rolled off the printing machine. They personally inspected the security features on the first specimens of these “banknotes”. Author: Václav Šilha, Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo has regularly issued a unique artifact to mark a major anniversary. In the past, these have included special editions of postage stamps, first day covers or postmarks. In honour of this year’s 90th anniversary, it will present a special trio of securities, a limited edition of Trojan (pronounced “troyan”)...

This Saturday, September 25th, visitors to Prague Zoo can bid a stylish farewell to the Malayan tapir, Morse. As of next week, his new home will be Nuremberg Zoo in Germany. The young male was named last year after the inventor of Morse code, Samuel F. B. Morse. Even the farewell will be in Morse code and news of the tapir’s...

Professor Jiří Janda, Prague Zoo’s first director, pictured with Baby the elephant. Source: Prague Zoo archive

Tuesday, September 28th, will be 90 years to the day since Prague Zoo first opened to the public. The spectacular celebrations will begin in the morning and will be held in the spirit of the First Republic. Visitors can look forward to the launch of A Zoo for the Capital, a book mapping the zoo’s history, the presentation of...

Bojana the female Egyptian vulture circling over the slopes of the Eastern Rhodopes. Bojana is the first human-reared Egyptian vulture to return to the Balkans after its journey to Africa. Author: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo.

Prague Zoo’s work in protecting Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria is bringing encouraging results. Today, the four-year-old female Bojana, who was reared at Zoo Prague in 2017 and was one of the first four chicks to be returned to the wild, using the delayed release method the following year, has successfully overcome all the odds...

According to the breeders, the baby dikdik is doing well at Prague Zoo. He is easily distinguished in the group due to his size. He should by fully grown in about seven months. Author: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

Visitors can now observe the baby Kirk's dikdik in the African House. This is the first ever fawn of this the smallest antelope in the world to have been born in Prague Zoo. Only a month old, the new arrival is very active and when outdoors it stays close to its mother at all times.