Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

I’m trying to recall how many times I came across a trace of Czechia in Central Africa. Not many. Probably the one that stuck in my mind the most was a dilapidated Zetor tractor in the depths of the Congo. But recently, in Cameroon, a completely different Czech trace surfaced in front of me.

Besides the unmistakable giraffes, Prague Zoo’s African Savannah is also inhabited by Grevy’s zebras - the largest of all zebras, characterized by their thick and close-set stripes. Photo Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

With the advent of spring, Prague Zoo’s large African enclosure has welcomed its usual seasonal inhabitants. Sable antelopes, blesboks, beisa oryx and nearly two dozen lechwe – as of Thursday they have all been roaming the grassy meadow near the African House. On Friday morning, they were joined by one of Africa’s most...

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus) in the breeding centre in Lithgow, Australia. Photo by Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

The mountain pygmy possum is one of Australia's most endangered marsupials. Its situation was exacerbated by extensive bushfires at the turn of 2019 and 2020. To help the animals affected by these bushfires, the Czech public gradually sent more than 23 million Czech crowns to the Prague Zoo donation account – and using these...

Guo Bao – the male Chinese pangolin. Photo Taipei Zoo

The wait is over! Two Chinese pangolins – a male, Guo Bao, and a female, Run Hou Tang – have been at Prague Zoo since Thursday. These are truly exceptional animals. They are the only mammals to be covered in scales, so, at first glance, they look like reptiles, and they have many other remarkable features associated with...

Prague Zoo released two new Przewalski’s horses at Dívčí Hrady. Pictured from left: the mare Vereda and the gelding Nepomuk. Photo Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

The herd at Dívčí Hrady will increase by another Przewalski’s horse and a foal. Prague Zoo has now released a gelding, Nepomuk, and a mare, Vereda. To counter this, the existing residents, Khamiina and Lana, have moved to the breeding station in Dolní Dobřejov to mate with a stallion. Nevertheless, both mares will...

Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo’s director, and Lukáš Divoký, the head of the construction department, in front of the boxes with all the documentation necessary to get the occupancy permit. Prague Zoo photo archive

On Friday, the contractor handed over the new Gorilla House to Prague Zoo and on the 5th of April the building was given its final inspection which is the basis for issuing the occupancy permit. Now the finishing touches are being done and gradually the inhabitants will start moving into the house. It will open to visitors on September 28th.

Lakuna the female elephant weighs 842 kilograms, Amalee weighs 46 kilograms less. However, an adult female Asian elephant can weigh up to 3.5 tonnes. Photo Oliver Le Que, Prague Zoo

Elephant Valley’s two youngest inhabitants, two-year-old Lakuna and Amalee, who is six weeks her junior, are already undergoing regular veterinary training in what is known as protected contact. The baby elephants have also increased their birth weight several times over, their tusks are slowly coming through, and their milk...

A symbolic cheque for €10,000 for the war-threatened Mykolaiv Zoo in Ukraine. Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo’s director, hands it over to the Ukrainian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Yevhen Perebyjnis. The funds are from a collection set up by Prague Zoo. Photo Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

The arrival of the pangolins and the opening of the new Gorilla House - visitors can look forward to these and other new attractions in Prague Zoo’s 91st season, which was launched on March 26th. The event’s pivotal theme was also a fundraiser to help zoos in Ukraine and special programmes for refugee Ukrainian families.

Vykládka ve varšavské zoo. Foto: Miroslav Bobek, Zoo Praha

Last Saturday morning, the director of Mykolaiv Zoo, Vladimir Topchij, published a photo with the caption “a night-time gift for our zoo”. It depicted a cluster bomb embedded in the ground. At more or less the same time, he also sent back the signed contract that was necessary for us to be able to pay him ten thousand euros...

So far, we have spent or transferred a total of CZK 880,000 (€ 35,391) from the collection to help Ukrainian zoos. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Since 28 February we have been running a collection to help Ukrainian zoos. It has also received support from other UCSZOO (Union of the Czech and Slovak Zoological Gardens) members and foreign organizations.