The Prague Zoo was just earlier this month picked as the 3rd best zoo in Europe by Trip Advisor. It’s also, in our opinion, the best activity for anyone visiting Prague with Children.
The zoo covers 58 hectares of land and has over 150 different exhibits featuring 4800 animals and 700 different species, including some 133 ‘endangered species”. We saw the Brown Hyena and Gharial Crocodile here, two species we’ve never seen in any zoo.
Prague Zoo is also heavily involved in both breeding and conservation, both in the zoo and projects in the wild. So it does a lot of good.
What we especially like about the zoo? It has natural barriers between many of the exhibits and an ‘open concept’. In some of the Pavilions, you walk into an ecosystem where the animals/birds roam freely (like the Biodome in Montreal). So the zoo, in many places, feels natural and allows for closer contact with the animals.
Above: Mother elephant was roughhousing with her calf for about half an hour in the water.
Below: The African savannah, featuring a family of giraffes, was one of our favorite pavilions.
Below: cute Meerkat.
Above: Polar bear. Below: Brown Hyena
Below: the Gorilla Pavilion was another of our favorites. Neither of us had ever seen Gorillas up close. They have a large outdoor area but it had started raining on this day so we saw them resting in their indoor enclosure.
Below: The lemurs roam free on their own island.
Tips and information
Official website with lots of good information on the zoo, the animals, and their mission.
Zoo Map – I suggest you print it out because they don’t have English versions at the zoo (they also charge for the map).
How to get there using public transport: Take the 112 bus from Nádraží Holešovice metro.
Tour. For a fun way to get there, you can take a Tour that includes a cruise down the river from the Old Town (it also includes admission to the zoo).
1) Plan at least 6 hours. There’s lots to see.
2) Bring your own lunch. The food at the zoo restaurants is both expensive and poor quality.
3) Print out the map as suggested above. It will help you identify some of the animals. One of the negatives of this zoo is that signage is inconsistent – some plaques are in different languages (including English and German) but most are only in Czech. It is our biggest criticism of the zoo.
Prague Zoo makes for a great day, especially if you have children.
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