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Cooper is the first and only wombat in the Czech Republic. He should move to the Darwin Crater exhibit next January. Photo Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Cooper, a male wombat, came to Prague Zoo on Wednesday from Hanover Zoo. After a month-long quarantine, visitors will be able to see the first representative of this extremely attractive marsupial species in Prague's Darwin Crater exhibition. Prague Zoo is the first Czech and the eighth European facility to rear a wombat.

Basil, a male Asiatic lion, was born in Finland’s Korkeasaari Zoo and came to Prague from his last home at Budapest Zoo in Hungary. Photo by Tereza Mrhálková, Prague Zoo

With the aim of fathering cubs, Basil, a male Asiatic lion that is nearly 13-years old, was sent to Prague on loan from Budapest. Basil is probably the last hope for Ginni the lioness, who has not yet conceived with “Prague’s” Jamvan. Previously, she had a stillbirth following artificial insemination. The other female,...

The two-day-old silvery gibbon baby is the only new arrival of this species in the Czech Republic this year. The photo is from Sunday, a day after the baby was born. Author: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo.

On Saturday night, the fourth baby silvery gibbon to be born in the Czech Republic arrived at Prague Zoo. The female, Alang Alang, brought the baby into the world after a seven-month pregnancy. She takes care of the infant in an exemplary manner, while the male, Flip, looks after the family. Estimates put this rare primate at...

Prague Zoo has been keeping tayras since 2004, the first successful breeding of this species was in 2011 and it was the first tayra cub to be born in the Czech Republic. The photo shows one of the females. Author: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

\Visitors to Prague Zoo can now observe four small additions in the tayra enclosure. Only two European zoos have reproduced this charming marten-like carnivora in the last year.

Male Chinese pangolin Gun Bao. Photo: Taipei Zoo

Just as with many of our other plans, the covid-19 pandemic complicated and delayed the pangolins’ arrival to Prague Zoo. But now we know we’ll be able to welcome them at the end of March, when a pair of Chinese pangolins (Manis pentadactyla) will arrive from Taipei Zoo: a female, Run Hou Tang, and a male, Gun Bao.

Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

On Saturday, November 6th, the traditional celebration of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, will take place at Prague Zoo. Visitors will be able to join a lantern procession through the darkened zoo from 5pm. This will end at about 5.45pm with a light show in Elephant Valley, in front of the Gulab restaurant. Anyone who...

Lilly’s older infant is already curiously exploring its surroundings and the keepers say it sometimes tries to touch the objects in the run to find out what they are. Photo: Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

Visitors can observe the recently born baby squirrel monkeys in the Water World and Monkey Islands exhibition. The group of common squirrel monkeys at Prague Zoo now has fifteen members.

Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

I spent my very first weekend as Prague Zoo’s director in the office. During that weekend I also wrote down ten points where I tried to define what our future approach to nature conservation projects for endangered species would be. These were and still are one of my priorities. Based on this document, we then started to...

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...