Prague Zoo! My Photo Essay

Prague Zoo! My Photo Essay

Visit Prague Zoo for a day out of the city

There is nothing like a trip to the zoo to bring out your inner child. Nostalgic memories of visits to farms and zoo’s flooded back as I walked around Prague’s amazing zoo, not only the biggest in the Czech Republic but also rated the best zoo in Europe.

Covering 58 hectares of land, Prague Zoo has over 150 exhibits and one of the best breeding programs in Europe with an estimated 1370 new animals bred and reared at the zoo.

When it comes to zoo’s I have two different opinions. Firstly I think zoo’s are a great environment to help preserve animal species, encourage growth in numbers of endangered animals and educate people of different animals starting from a young age. But while walking around the zoo the other part of me feels sad that such animals are caged and kept behind glass when they should be out in the wild. But in this day in age, without zoos and conservation projects some of the animals I saw would cease to exist.

Prague’s Zoo is by far one of the best zoo’s I have been to and as their breeding program is so successful it puts my mind at ease that at least the animals must be happy, even if they are behind bars.

I am a big lover of wildlife and animals so a day at the zoo is great fun for me and it’s great fun for children and adults of all ages. Here are some of the pictures I took during my day at the Zoo, beware of extreme cuteness on the way!

Birds

The Zoo has 291 species of birds including Vultures, Owls and Blue Macaus!

Parrot

A lovely talkative parrot!

Parrot and Blue Macau Prague Zoo

Mr Parrot & his Blue Macau friend we called Blue!

Peacock Prague Zoo

Peacock's Tail

I love all the different patterns animals have!

African Savanna

The Zoo has an amazing African Exhibit with Giraffes, Zebra, Hippos, Elephants, Lions and Buffalo.

Giraffes Prague Zoo

A whole herd of Giraffes outside in Prague Zoo’s make shift African Savanna.

Meerkats digging

Mischievous Meerkats

Elephant Elephant Elephant Prague Zoo

Leopard

Mr Leopard was trying to hide

Leopard

TIGERS!

Bengal Tiger

My favorite animal EVER!

Bengal Tiger Prague Zoo

Lunch was too much for this Tiger!

Bengal Tiger Prague Zoo

Look at the teeth!

Bengal Tiger Sleeping

Another sleepy Tiger!

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Gorillas

Prague Zoo has a lovely family of Gorillas with Daddy (Richard) Silverback and a new addition a baby called Nuru!

Gorilla Prague Zoo

A young gorilla!

Gorilla Prague Zoo

Daddy Gorilla!

Gorilla Prague Zoo

Baby Gorilla Prague Zoo

Little baby Nuru the latest additional to Prague Zoo’s Gorilla Family

Baby Gorilla Prague Zoo

Little baby Nuru the latest additional to Prague Zoo’s Gorilla Family

Baby Gorilla Prague Zoo

Little baby Nuru the latest additional to Prague Zoo’s Gorilla Family

Baby Gorilla Prague Zoo

Little baby Nuru the latest additional to Prague Zoo’s Gorilla Family

Crocodiles

Crocodiles Eye

He was eyeing me up!

I like to move it move it!

Lemur

King Julian!

Lemur

Whats your favorite animal? Do you like visiting zoos?

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33 Comments

  1. June 17, 2014 / 7:22 PM

    I loved the zoo when I was a child. These days I prefer the animals in the wild. But for all those that are not able to experience that, the Zoo can be a great place to visit. Nice pictures.

  2. June 18, 2014 / 11:07 AM

    I absolutely love zoos when they are done right, and this looks like a great one! Fantastic photos!

  3. June 18, 2014 / 12:16 PM

    Sweet pictures! Its nice to see the animals actually look happy 🙂 also baby nuru is adorable!! haha 😛

    • June 19, 2014 / 11:18 AM

      He is my favorite gorilla. I could sit and watch him all day. He is very naughty and the big silver-back comes over sometimes to tell him off! 🙂 They are so much like humans it’s a little scary!

  4. June 18, 2014 / 1:39 PM

    These animals did look happy, and you’ve got some lovely pictures!

  5. June 18, 2014 / 2:22 PM

    Looks great! might have to put it on our list for when we come to Prague next month. Excellent photos 🙂 I like that crocodile thing

    • June 19, 2014 / 11:17 AM

      Thank Laura. That creepy crocodile thing was scary! He just stared at me through the glass. Or maybe he was sleeping with his eyes open I don’t know 🙂

  6. Dave Cole
    June 18, 2014 / 2:41 PM

    I agree that those meerkats look pretty mischievous. They’re like non-climbing monkeys. It looks like the Prague Zoo provides a lot of room for the animals and is making a positive conservation effort..

    • June 19, 2014 / 11:16 AM

      I agree I think they are doing a good job. The zoo gets a lot of donations to help with the animals, as you walk around you can see plaques with peoples names on and their donation amount. I’m pretty sure some of them even say they purchased an animals or donated towards it’s release from work.

  7. June 18, 2014 / 10:42 PM

    Love your pictures of the tigers! Looks like a nice and correct place, a zoo can be a great and interesting place when it’s done the right way. The animals look really happy en the place clean, so definitely something to check out next time we’re in Prague.

    • June 19, 2014 / 11:14 AM

      If you have spare time it is definitely a great place to visit. It takes half an hour by public transport or 75 minutes by boat which is also very nice. 🙂

  8. June 18, 2014 / 10:57 PM

    I LOVE zoos, they’re great places for a bit of photography practice and they usually make for a nice, quiet day out! Absolutely love your shots of that tiger (also one of my favourite animals). Great post 🙂

    • June 19, 2014 / 11:13 AM

      I unfortunately didn’t take my super duper camera this was a small Nikon but your right normally it’s a great place to practice your camera skills. I like visiting the zoo here because it’s so big and peaceful and while I don’t always go there to gaze at animals all day it is sometimes nice to just find a bench and sit and watch for a while. It’s how I got such great shots of the gorillas. I was sat there for ages! 🙂

  9. June 19, 2014 / 7:44 AM

    I totally agree with you when you say a lot of animals would cease to exist without zoos taking care of them. I’m pretty conflicted about them too. But these animals looks well cared for 🙂 So I guess it’s a win-win!

    • June 19, 2014 / 11:11 AM

      Yes they are looked after and most seem to be pretty happy otherwise they wouldn’t breed. Infact in the cases of the elephants they actually have been bought over from Vietnam where they were working elephants so their life in the zoo is much more relaxed. 🙂

  10. June 19, 2014 / 9:58 AM

    I’m not a fan of seeing captive animals. 🙁

    • June 19, 2014 / 11:09 AM

      Jeanette I totally agree with you. As I said in my post I would much prefer to see them in the wild but I also understand how important it is to have such breeding programs to keep species alive. However I outright refuse to go see the polar bears for example. I love them but I hate seeing them pacing up and down the glass enclosure. They have such a small space and normally they roam hundreds of miles. It makes me sad.

  11. June 19, 2014 / 3:03 PM

    Aww the little gorilla 🙂 So much debate can spark from zoos and anything animal tourism related. It’s tough. In Thailand I went to Tiger Kingdom and in Laos rode an elephant, but both claimed to be sanctuaries where they are protected and treated well. From what I witnessed, I’d say that was correct. As far as zoos are concerned, same questioning – what makes it acceptable and what makes it unethical? The two sides between keeping a species alive and well at the expense of its “freedom” vs. essentially going extinct.

    • June 19, 2014 / 3:43 PM

      In an ideal world there would be no need for zoos and I wish that was the case. As I have said I hate seeing animals locked up and pacing mindlessly behind glass. It upsets me. But it would upset me more if I knew it was released and shot my poachers. Your right anything to do with animals can cause a debate. I honestly prefer seeing wild animals but I don’t discourage conservation projects which is what a lot of good zoos are trying to do. I have been to some pretty awful zoos as well….Seaworld in Florida was a horrible experience.

  12. jslivingthedream
    June 19, 2014 / 3:54 PM

    I do enjoy a good zoo! I also prefer to see the animals in the wild, but there are some great zoos out there with breeding and rehabilitation programs. Its also nice when a zoo has an education component.

  13. June 19, 2014 / 5:16 PM

    I love meerkats. They are always so photogenic and playful. I agree with Samantha Hussey about Seaworld, by the way. It was a nightmare. I’ll never go back.

  14. Christina
    June 19, 2014 / 9:53 PM

    Those Meerkats are so cute. 🙂

  15. June 19, 2014 / 11:10 PM

    I love good zoos. Sounds like Prague zoo is a good one, I will keep that in mind. love the tiger and peacock shots!

  16. June 20, 2014 / 10:01 AM

    Its a very tough argument and i’m sure one that will continue for a long time. I also prefer to see them in the wild but the truth is with rehabilitation and various other factors some of them are more protected and better of in these enclosures. Its also amazing for public awareness and education, although would still be nicer for kids to see them in their natural habitat.

  17. June 20, 2014 / 2:11 PM

    Like others I’m not generally a big fan of zoos, but have read good things about Prague.

  18. June 22, 2014 / 2:01 AM

    I tend to feel the same way about zoos. I appreciate their contribution to conservation efforts, but I personally don’t enjoy visiting them and seeing these amazing creatures in cages. Particularly the birds. If it’s for genuine rehabilitation and breeding purposes then it’s a lot better.

    • June 22, 2014 / 4:39 PM

      Hi Guys! I feel the same, especially for birds. In Prague some of the birds or I would imagine most are just there to be seen. I don’t believe any of them are in need of conservation or protection. 🙁

  19. June 23, 2014 / 7:44 PM

    These animals definitely look well taken care of. I hate visiting zoos and seeing animals looking all dejected and scrawny. That crocodile (alligator?) definitely was eyeing you lol

  20. July 15, 2014 / 1:19 PM

    Oh wow, I’m incredibly impressed! I didn’t know it was one of the best zoos in Europe. Our temporary apartment here isn’t far from the zoo and it’s on the list of places we want to see. Neither of us has been to a zoo in a really long time so you might see a very similar post from us soon.
    Great photos of baby Nuru!
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • July 15, 2014 / 3:25 PM

      Ah you must go whilst you are here in Prague. Its a lovely day out. You can even get the boat there from the center which is also very nice to do…

  21. October 12, 2014 / 2:08 AM

    Great photos! So glad to hear you enjoyed it so, I’m hoping to visit when I’m in Prague next spring. Is it easily accessible by public transport?

    • October 16, 2014 / 12:09 PM

      Yes there is a bus that takes you from the center to its entrance and a boat that takes you on a long cruise down the river as well…very nice to do! 🙂

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