“Operation Freedom”. Photo: Passion Planet

Almost nine months have passed since Rachel Hogan and I sat in her office in the Primate Sanctuary in Mefou, Cameroon, planning the building of children’s accommodation. The children are brought to Mefou from the villages surrounding the Dja Biosphere Reserve by our Wandering Bus. Here, they take part in an educational...

Lakuna a Amalee. Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

On Sunday we named both our baby elephants. The daughters of Tamara and Janita, our Prague elephant princesses. I’d like to remind you that the first was born on March 27th, when the zoo had been closed for a fortnight, and the second on May 9th, when it had been reopened, but many restrictions still applied. Of course, right...

White shark. Illustration photo: Shutterstock

The main goal of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) campaign entitled “Which Fish?” is to draw attention to the plundering of the seas and oceans. At Prague Zoo, we will join the campaign on Monday 8 June, to celebrate World Oceans Day, during which we will turn our full attention to the plight of sharks and...

It was before “corona”. While on holiday in Palolem, in the Indian state of Goa, we went for a walk along the beach after dinner. Fish and seafood vendors had set up simple stalls. I photographed some northern red snappers and several barracudas, and then I was surprised to see that two sharks barely forty centimetres long...

A new park and ride area for parking at Povltavská Street. It accommodates up to 300 cars and visitors who leave their car there can use the shuttle service to the gates of Prague Zoo. Parking costs 50 crowns per day and the shuttle service is already included in the price.

Dave Schaap with “Mr Sumac” in Cressy. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

In a few days, it will be half a year since Dave Schaap sent me a photo from Tasmania’s Hobart Airport. It was of a concrete runway with two carts in the foreground. A sign above one of them – with four wooden crates – read: Ready to load. “At last!” I cried out in joy.

Next Saturday we’ll open Prague Zoo’s newly built exhibition, dedicated to Tasmania and Australia. When the architects designed it, they were inspired by the fact that we had chosen its location at the bottom of a slope that is crowned by an artistic rendition of a meteorite. They did some research and discovered that...

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Eight days ago, last Friday night, we published a video taken by our keeper Irek Dabrowski. It captured the highly pregnant elephant Janita with a swollen belly, which clearly showed the baby elephant moving inside.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Zoo Praha

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Wet market in Laos. Photo: Miroslav Bobek

Six months ago, if you were to tell people there would be a pandemic that would spread from one of China’s many wet markets and paralyse the world, most people would consider it to have been the unlikely plot of a disaster movie. In reality, however, something similar could have been expected.