Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha) in Czech Republic

Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)
Gulab, Shant and Dan Koeh in Prague Zoo, 2010. Photo © Jutta Kirchner

Gulab, Shant and Dan Koeh in Prague Zoo, 2010. Photo © Jutta Kirchner
Size58 hectares (140 acres)
Opened for public1931
Number of species676
Number of animals5049
AddressU Trojskeho zamku 3/120
PlacePrague 7-Troja
CountryCzech Republic
YouTube userzoopraha

Directors1959- : Zdeněk Veselovský
2010-now: Miroslav Bobek

Head keepers
of elephants
?-2010: Jiri Javurek
Petr Kabatek
Martin Kristen
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1881: The idea for a zoological garden in Prague was first proposed in 1881 in a newspaper article by Count Sweerts-Spork, on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and Princess Stéphanie of Belgium.

1931: The zoo was opened to the public on 28 September 1931.

1971: In 1971 a new pavilion opened for large mammals, including elephants, hippos and rhinos.

2013: In 2013 a large new Elephant Valley pavilion was introduced and the first elephant was born in Prague Zoo, named Sita. The calf was born to Donna who had come to Prague from Rotterdam.

Two male elephants Maximilian were named after members of the von Habsburg family, one of whom had a live elephant brought to Prague as early as 1570, and both built their own kind of zoo in Prague.

2020-06-21: The daughters of Tamara and Janita were named and Lakuna and Amalee.

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Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), Elephant Encyclopedia, Koehl, D. (2020), (available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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