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Zoologicka Zahrada Praha (Prague Zoo)

Address U Trojskeho zamku 120/3, 171 000 Praha 7
Telephone 02-688-1118
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Area 64  hectares

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The Good Zoo Guide Star Ratings

Mammals 110 560 Conservation  
Birds 163 680 Enclosures  
Reptiles 52 165 Education  
Amphibians 8 35 Recreation  
Fish 6 18 Research  
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 There is so much to see in Prague, that the causal visitor soon gets caught up in a heap of guide books and maps, and with so much of the old city accessible by foot, the tendency towards blisters and weary legs is virtually inevitable. But don’t let this put you off adding one day to your itinerary to visit the zoo. Yes it will mean more walking – and yes this will be quite demanding (Prague is large for a city zoo and there are hills to climb). But the experience of Prague Zoo, all but forgotten by most of the city guides, and shunned by almost all the tourists, is nonetheless one that will stay with you for a long time.

We got there by foot and by a process of direction and misdirection, but you would be better advised to seek out a taxi – or a bus. The zoo is two or three kilometers from the city centre, up in a river gorge where the escarpment climbs steeply away from the river, and the zoo occupies the lush river valley, the rocky cliff faces, and the rolling meadows at the summit making this a stunning vista for a city zoo.  The cable car to help visitors up the slope was not operational when we visited.

The walk around the zoo is complex, and the map is less helpful that it might be, but there is a lot to see here. It’s a traditional collection, of course, so you’ll expect the penguins and sealions, the lions, tigers, and elephants, and you won’t be disappointed. But you might not expect Markhor, and Ibex – superbly held in mountain enclosures that could scarcely be better designed for them. The grazers at the top of the hill are magnificent.  And the views are spectacular.

We didn’t take notes, and I’m writing from memory, so for that reason I hesitate to single out any one species, or any one exhibit for either particular praise or censure. There were enclosures that looked very time-expired, but nothing that was squalid or depressing; and the entrance fee was so low, and the crowds so small, that you leave wondering how ever such a zoo can survive in the new go-geting capitalist world that is modern Prague.  And yet there are splendid signs that the zoo is developing, with new enclosures everywhere and a clear spirit of enthusiasm for the animals and for the collection.

So do yourself a favour, and do the zoo a favour. Visit Prague Zoo. You won’t be disappointed.

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