Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha) in Czech Republic

Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)
Gulab, Shanti and Dan Koehl in Prague Zoo, 2010. Photo © Jutta Kirchner
Gulab, Shanti and Dan Koehl 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
1990-1997: Bohumil Král
2010-now: Miroslav Bobek

Head keepers
of elephants
Zbyněk Šíša
?-2010: Jiri Javurek
?-2016: Petr Kabatek
2016-now: Martin Kristen
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Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), located at U Trojskeho zamku 3/120, in Prague 7-Troja, Czech Republic, was founded in 1931, opened for public in 1931.

Living elephants

At Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha) lives 9 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)

  1. Amalee born 2020-03-27
  2. ,
  3. Ankhor (Angkor) born 1983-00-00
  4. ,
  5. Gulab born 1959
  6. ,
  7. Janita (Janitha) born 2004-10-17
  8. ,
  9. Lakuna born 2020-05-09
  10. ,
  11. Maxmi­lian born 2016-04-05
  12. ,
  13. Rudolf born 2016-10-07
  14. ,
  15. Shanti born 1976
  16. ,
  17. Tamara (Thamara) born 2005-08-23
  18. ,

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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.

References for records about Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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2013-12-19Young female elephant tonya dies in prague zoo - Elephant News
2020-06-27Names for princesses - Elephant News

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This document was updated: 2020-12-30 08:33:46

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