Animal Centers and Reserves of Czech Republic
Czech Republic has over 10 Zoological parks, reserves and other animal centers . The article explain in brief different animal centers and zoos in Czech Republic.
Zoo in Prague
The biggest and most visited zoo is in Prague .This zoo also boasts the largest number of animals. You can find the unique Przewalski horse here. There is a children’s zoo, where children can move freely among small animals, and the Africa pavilion. The Indonesian Jungle is the newest attraction.
Zoo in Liberec
The oldest zoo is in Liberec. It was established in 1919. At that time it served not only as a zoo, but in the winter as a wintering place for circuses; it consequently served as a menagerie for their animals. Today the Liberec Zoo is one of the most modern zoos in the Czech Republic. You can see more than 170 animal species on 13 hectares of land. Its greatest attraction is the white tiger, which is a rare form of Bengal tiger.
Zoo in Dvůr Králové
The zoo in Dvůr Králové is famous for its African Safari; it is the only zoo in the Czech Republic to offer one. From May to the end of September you can ride through the zoological garden, which keeps the largest number of African animals in Europe, in specially modified safari buses among the animals, which roam loose in large enclosures.
Ohrada Zoo is located in the South Bohemian town of Hluboká nad Vltavou. It specialises primarily in keeping small and medium-sized animal species; you can see European fallow deer, brown bears and wolves here. Ohrada Zoo’s main attraction is its river otters. The swimming areas have a large window, so you can observe them under water. The waterfowl exhibition, American Corner and Australian Corner are also very interesting .
The best known Moravian zoo is the Zoological Gardens in Brno. It is one of the more recent zoos, being established in 1950. In spite of this it is gradually being modernised. The newest exhibitions include Beringia, which contains northern species. You can see Canadian beavers and arctic wolves here. In 2005 an enclosure for Przewalski horses with a Mongolian yurt was constructed here. A year later the Children’s Zoo was modernised. As described on the Brno Zoo’s website, the farmyard with larger animals (as well as petting animals) was separated from the enclosure housing smaller pets. You can ride around the Brno Zoo in a tourist train. Refreshments are available at the U tygra restaurant with a direct view over the tiger enclosure.
Other Interesting Places
You don’t have to visit a classic zoological garden to see animals. You can visit a reserve. One of the most famous of these is Obora Žleby by Žleby Mansion, which is famous for its herd of white deer. You can also find various predators, owls and animals from the Mustelidea family here.
There are also two sea world exhibits in the Czech Republic. The larger of these is Sea World in Prague Holešovice. Its chief attraction is its giant 100,000-litre aquarium, which contains sharks and multi-coloured coral fish. A smaller freshwater tank presents fauna primarily from South America. You can also see turtles and piranhas. The coral cave, or more precisely ten tanks which are set into an artificial cliff wall, are also interesting. Shark feeding is another visitor attraction.The Giant Aquarium is located in Hradec Králové. It is the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe.