Prague Zoo celebrates 75th birthday
The Prague Zoo celebrated its 75th year in style this week, with festivities coinciding with the national holiday of St Wenceslas Day on September 28th. As Patrick Ryan reports it was well worth the visit.
"I am just visiting the zoo and looking at the animals. I saw these huge eagles. I am very interested in them."
"We have seen some monkeys, penguins and hopefully we will see some bigger monkeys like gorillas."
Many of these attractions are new or improved in recent years - not least because a good part of the zoo underwent reconstruction. On the banks of the Vltava River, lower parts of the zoo were badly hit by flooding in 2002, suffering extensive damage. Spokesman Vit Kahle again:
"There have been a lot of changes. Especially we succeeded in reconstructing the lower part of Prague Zoo which was completely flooded four years ago. So we have new pavilions, new exhibitions, and new enclosures here. Now we have nine pavilions, 150 exhibits and a total of more than 6,000 animals in more than 600 species."
Still, Prague Zoo is not stopping there: there are many plans to further improve pavilions and facilities for visitors in the future. There will, for example, be a new pool for the sea lions as well as enclosures for birds and crocodiles, and a new restaurant with an African theme.