Prague Zoo accepting food gifts for Christmas

The zoo is open during the holidays and has special events planned

The zoo has special programs during the holiday season. The zoo is open daily in December from 9 am to 4 pm, except Dec. 24, when box office will be open until 2 pm, and most pavilions will be open to 3.

On Christmas Eve day, Dec. 24, there will be small gifts for children and a program full of feedings and meetings. People can also bring gifts for the animals.

Czech traditions include trying to see a golden pig after a brief fast. Seeing the pig means good luck for the next year. The zoo has you covered for this. There will be a performance by a golden piggy, actually a wild boar in a golden vest, in the Bororo Reservation Amphitheater at noon.

Visitors can also bring the edible gifts to the front gate on Dec. 24, such as fresh vegetables, fruit and lady finger cookies (piskoty). These will be handed over to the animals during the Christmas season feedings. Last year, people were quite generous. Children under 15 years of age will also have an entry for Kč 1 on Dec. 24.

The zoo will start celebrating Christmas holidays on Saturday, Dec. 23. The Siberian tigers will get a Christmas-decorated piñata filled with food during the narrated feeding at 1 pm. All of the talks and narrations are in Czech.

The big day in the Czech Republic is Dec. 24. Narrated feedings will take place throughout the day.

There will be special events on Dec. 25 and 26, which are national holidays, and children will get small gifts. There will be more narrated feedings with donated food and unsold Christmas trees on Dec 28 to 30.

The zoo this year welcomed its 60 millionth visitor since it opened 86 years ago. Last year the zoo had 1,448,353 visitors in total, and should soon announce a similar result for this year.

Prague Zoo was ranked the fifth-best in the world by users of the travel site TripAdvisor in 2017.

So far this year the zoo has seen the births of a litter of cheetahs, a litter of wolves, a rare white-bearded tamarin and several Komodo dragons, among other animals.

Prague Zoo currently covers 58 hectares with 50 hectares used for exhibits. It has over 4,700 animals from 681 species, including 144 species listed as threatened. The zoo has 12 pavilions and over 150 exhibits.

The zoo as of May 31 is entirely non-smoking and has several WiFi spots.

Christmas program at Prague Zoo
Dec. 23

13.00 Christmas piñatas in the Siberian tiger, with narration

Christmas Eve (Štědrý den, Dec. 24)
9.00 – 14:00 Visitors leave food gifts at the main entrance
12.00 Special Christmas concert with the golden pig in the Bororo Reservation Amphitheater

Narrated meetings and feedings

10.00 Feeding aardvarks
10.30 Meeting with peccaries
11.00 Feeding talapoins
11.00 Feeding penguins
12.30 Meeting at giant newts
13.30 Meeting with gorillas
13:30 Exercise of South African seals

Christmas holidays (Dec. 25–26)
12.00 Special Christmas concert at the Bororo Reservation Amphitheater with gift for children
13:30 Exercise of South African seals

Narrated feedings of donated food and unsold Christmas trees
11.00 Feeding bison
11.30 Feeding moose
13.30 Feeding elephants
15.00 Feeding lemurs
15.30 Feeding gorillas

For more information visit www.zoopraha.cz (CZ)

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