Prague Zoo has special program over Christmas

People can also drop off certain types of food at the zoo entrance

Prague Zoo want people to make a morning visit to their establishment a part of a new Christmas tradition. On Dec. 24, which is when Czechs celebrate the holiday, the box office at the Prague Zoo will be open from 9 am to 2 pm, and most pavilions will be open until 4 pm. There will special events on Dec. 25 and 26 as well.

Children up to 15 years of age can enter for Kč 1 and will receive a small gift Dec 24. People that day can also give gifts to the zoo if the form of certain types of food. Last year, this resulted in tons of donations that saved the zoo a substantial amount of money. The zoo will accept the following at the main entrance: dry bread and baked goods, fresh or dried fruits and vegetables of all kinds (including tropical fruit), all types of nuts, and biscuits (piškoty). Sheets and shirts without zippers, buttons or other adornments can also be donated for orangutans.

There is also large program of events Dec. 24. A Czech tradition is that people can see of golden pig on Christmas day if they fast. One of the zoo's pigs will wear a golden vest and appear with polar foxes at the Bororo playground (Rezervace Bororo) at noon. There will be feedings of other animals across the zoo with Czech commentary all day, starting at 10 am, and another highlight will be the baby elephants and their moms getting trees to munch on around 1 pm. At 1:30 pm the seals will get some exercise and at 1:30 pm there is a meeting with gorillas. In total, there are more than 10 special events.

On Dec. 25 the zoo will be open to 4 pm, and polar bears will get ice cream at 1 pm. Events again will start at 10 am, with aardvarks getting a feeding ball. Sambars get a similar ball at 11 am. Elephants get more trees at 1 pm again, and orangutans open their presents at 2 pm.

Boxing Day, or Dec. 25, will see the zoo again close at 4 pm. Visitors can see the Komodo dragons get fed at 1 pm. Gorillas will get a new food puzzle to play with at 11 am, Wagner's peccary will get a food ball at 11:30 am and the elephants, who are apparently rather hungry, will get more trees at 1 pm.

There will also be regularly scheduled feedings on those two days, and animals will be exercised at the Bororo playground at noon.

Aside from the zoo, the nearby Fata Morgana greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens at Troja will be open Dec. 24 for free from 9 am to 2 pm, and the Vinotéka sv. Kláry will be open from 11 am to 3 pm, and selling wine made from grapes from the hillside there.

Full Christmas holiday program Prague Zoo: www.zoopraha.cz (CZ)

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