Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo is a zoo in Prague, Czech Republic. It was founded in 1931 with the goal to "advance the study of zoology, protect wildlife, and educate the public" in the district of Troja in the north of Prague. The zoo occupies 45 hectares (111 acres) and houses about 4,600 animals that represent 630 species from all around the world. Prague Zoological Garden has contributed significantly to saving the Przewalski horse. For many years it was the biggest breeder of the species in the world. In 2008 Forbes Traveler Magazine listed Prague ZOO among the world's best zoos.

Brief history

  • 1881 The Idea - On the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, an appeal to establish a zoological garden in Prague was published in the newspapers by count Sweerts-Spork.
  • 1919 At the meeting of the advisory board for mathematics and natural sciences at the Ministry of education and national enlightenment, a committee was established to start the preparatory work on the establishment of the Prague zoological garden.
  • 1931 The Opening - On 28 September “The building site of the zoological garden” was opened for the public and in the sunny afternoon the first visitors entered the gate.
  • 1938 The first young Andean vulture in the world was hatched and reared.
  • 1942 The first polar bear cub was artificially bred in the world (a female named Ilun).
  • 1959 Dr. Zdeněk Veselovský was appointed the director of the zoo. Under his leadership, the Prague zoo reached some world class successes in the area of breeding and scientific research.
  • 2001 The first artificial breeding of a Przewalski's Horse in the world.
  • 2002 Prague suffered the worst floods in its history. A large part of the zoo was under water and many animals died. The zoo soon recovered.
  • 2008 ForbesTraveler.com listed Prague ZOO among the world's best zoos.

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Arthur Teiler
2 May 2017
The best zoo I've ever visited. plan to stay 5+ hours. The zoo itself is a beautiful park. There are many rare species. The animals are treated really well, they seem quite happy and healthy.
Daniel van Dorp
2 June 2017
Beautiful zoo! Well worth your money. Easily takes you the full day. Climb the mountain in the center of the park early in the day before the sun burns. Or take the chairlift to get to the top (25czk)
LukaSH
31 March 2015
One of the best zoos in the world. Check out the elephant pavillion, Indonesian jungle and gavials. Also lemurs are cute!
Lucie Vokáčová
23 May 2019
Best place to go. The animals are being very well cared of, there are many playgrounds, cafes and restaurants. Fun place for everyone even on rainy days. Very green environment. Events, feeding shows.
Adéla Povrová
21 August 2016
Don't miss out pavillon with giant salamanders, the largest amphibians in the world. It's inspired by a book written by famous czech writer Karel Čapek, where those very creatures take over the world
Banan AlAayed
10 June 2019
The best Zoo I’ve went to .. I am glad that I went there . Huge so get ready to do a lot of walking up and down the hill . The kids loved the chairlift ????????.
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U trojského zámku 35/9, 171 00 Prague-Praha-Troja, Czech Republic Get directions
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