One of the most famous zoos in Europe, Prague Zoological Garden is situated right on the bank of the Vltava River in the Troja quarter. This memorable attraction is sure to delight visitors, especially families with young children.
If traveling from the center of Prague, guests can reach the zoo via a relaxing steamboat cruise run by Prague Steam Boats. The port is only a couple of minutes on foot from the elegant Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel in Prague, and the hotel’s concierge department is always available to provide all necessary information and assistance.
The zoological gardens - now and thenThe history of the zoo dates back to 1881, when count Sweerts-Spork published an appeal to establish a zoo in Prague. The occasion was the marriage between Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and Princess Stéphanie of Belgium. However, the project did not happen for many years after that, and its ceremonial opening wasn’t held until 1931.
Today, the zoo is home to approximately 4,400 animals representing 670 species. The most remarkable attractions include the playful seals, Elephant Valley, the African House and all the charming young animals that are born every year. In fact, over 1000 mammals, birds and reptiles were born at the zoo in 2015. With so many animals to take care of, naturally a lot of food is needed as well. Throughout the year the zoo puts on a spread of over 600 kilos of beef, 400 kilos of carrots and almost 2000 kilos of hay, and that’s just some of the feeds.
Help for endangered speciesPrague Zoo became known worldwide in 2011 for its effort to save a Przewalski horse and return it to the wild. But their commitment to help endangered species applies to not only local species. As of 2015, the zoo kept over 140 European and international species in categories ranging from vulnerable to extinct in the wild.
In 2007, Forbes Travel Guide named Prague Zoo one of the 7 best zoological gardens in the world, and in 2015 it was listed as the 4th best Zoo in the world by TripAdvisor.