Prague Zoo starts 88th season

New animals will introduced and an exhibit of coprolites will open

The 88th season at Prague Zoo officially opens March 30 at 11 am. New exhibits will be opened, and new animals will be introduced.

On the stage in front of the Visitors' Center at 11 am, Prague Zoo director Miroslav Bobek will welcome Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Hlubuček, Charles University professor Tomáš Zima and other guests, including StarDance dance competition participants Jitka Schneiderová and Jiří Dvořák. At noon, the program will move to the mantled guereza exhibition top see the progress of the newest little baby monkeys.

At 1 pm there will be opening ceremony of a new large capacity toilet building in the lower part of the zoo, along with a permanent exhibition of coprolites and castings of droppings. On the podium for the South African sea lion exhibition, an expanded edition of the Atlas of Droppings (Atlas trusu) will be launched.

In the aviaries between the entrance to the water world and the South American tapirs, a new bird species, the crested kagu, will be presented by moderator Ondřej Sokol at 2 pm.

An authentic musical performance by Mongolian artist Badam Bolor takes place at 3 pm for the gala opening of the exhibition of photographs by Václav Šilha that give insight into the fascinating life of people who hunt with eagles.

At the paper mill there will be an all-day program on making elephant paper.

Educational programs will take place at the pheasantry and at the monkey islands at the guereza exhibition, and there will be animal feedings throughout the day.

So far this year, the zoo has seen the births of two giraffes to two different mothers, as well as two West African siatungs, a type of small and colorful swamp-dwelling antelope, a Chacoan mara, a type of rodent from South America, a lechwe, which is another type of antelope, and an olive-brown lory, a type of parrot. The first birth of the year was an Indian takin.

The zoo this year will be doing more to support endangered species. From every entry fee, Kč 3 will go to projects, as opposed to the previous Kč 2.

Prague Zoo in 2018 saw some 1.4 million visitors, the third-highest level ever. This was an unexpected success due to the high summer temperatures and the absence of the Stromovka footbridge, which collapsed at the end of 2017.

The zoo was once again rated fifth-best in the world by the travel website TripAdvisor, based on user reviews. It had been ranked as high as fourth in 2015.

The zoo was also successful in breeding last year with 1,340 babies from 219 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

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 opened on Sept. 28, 1931.

Program of the opening of the 88th Prague Zoo season:
10:45 Jazz Bluffers music performance
11:00 Opening words by the Prague Zoo director and guests
12:00 The christening of the young monkeys
13:00 Ribbon cutting ceremony for coprolite and cast droppings exhibition
14:00 Presentation of newly bred bird species
15:00 Opening of the Eagle Hunters exhibit

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