Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo

Visiting Zoo in Prague is a unique experience which you should not miss if you are at least a little bit interested in animals. It occupies an enormous area of 58 hectares where visitors can enjoy seeing animals in large enclosures, and see some of the rarest animal species in the world that are hard to find in many other zoos.

Prague Zoo is located in the Praha Troja district north of the city center. The main entrance to the zoo is just across the street from villa Troja, another tourist attraction of the city of Prague.
This enormous zoo has been repeatedly ranked among the top 10 zoos in the world. This is not without a reason, the zoo occupies 58 hectares (140 acres) it hosts around 4800 animals, 700 species, among which 133 species are listed as critically endangered.
Prague’s zoo is also one of the world’s leading institutions that breed endangered species, such as: komodo dragons, Przewalski’s horses, honey badgers etc.
The most interesting sectors of the zoo are: gorilla pavilion, feline (lions, tigers...) and the reptile pavilion, Sichuan house (named after a province in China), Indonesian jungle, Elephant Valley etc.
There is one more feature that makes Prague’s Zoo so extraordinary and different from other zoos - they tried to explain the connection between animals and different cultures around the world. For example, Elephant Valley pavilion has models of Hindu temples, statues and bells built around it, in the pavilion with horses there is a Mongolian tent (yurt-ger) next to it etc.

Prague zoo consists of two sections: the lower and upper one (in-between there is high cliff). You can choose to either walk up and down or use chair lift (sky lift) instead. The ticket for a ride costs 20 CZK and it is valid only for one ride (up or down).
(!) The machines that print the ticket do not give change, so be sure you have change with yourself.

Ticket prices for the Prague’s zoo
Regular ticket price is: 200 CZK.
Reduced ticket price is: 150 CZK.
Reduced price: children between 3 and 15, students.
Family ticket (maximum 2 adults and 2 children): 600 CZK.
Senior citizens over 70: 1CZK.
Dog ticket (if you want to bring a dog with you): 100 CZK.
Free admission: children 3.
We advise you to check ticket prices before visiting – check the official website of the Prague’s zoo.

Working hours of the Prague’s zoo
Zoo is open from Monday to Sunday.
From January to February working hours are: 09:00- 16:00h.
In March working hours are: 09:00- 17:00h.
From April to May working hours are: 09:00- 18:00h.
In June working hours are: 09:00- 19:00h.
From July to August working hours are: 09:00- 21:00h.
From September to October working hours are: 09:00- 18:00h.
From November to December working hours are: 09:00- 16:00h.
On 24 and 31 December the zoo is opened from 09:00 to 14:00h.
We advise you to check working hours before visiting – check the official website of the Prague’s zoo.

Interesting facts

  • The zoo was opened on September 28, 1931. The land for the zoo was donated by a farming tycoon, Alois Svoboda, in 1922 only on a condition that a zoological garden be one of the things constructed on this land.
  • Przewalski’s horse is the only remaining species of wild horses that has not been driven into extinction by humans. Even though large herd of this specie once occupied areas of central Asia, by 1960s there was no record of any horse living in the wild anymore. Thanks to individual efforts nowadays there are hundreds of these horses roaming the steppes of Mongolia. In the Prague zoo you will be able to see horses that are descendents of the last Przewalski’s horse that was caught in the wild.

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