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The ZOO in Pilsen

The ZOO in Pilsen

The zoological and botanical garden is located north of the city centre on a 21-hectare site of a rare scenic beauty. It is the only institution of its kind in the whole of Czech Republic combining both zoological and botanical exhibits.

The zoological and botanical garden is located north of the city centre on a 21-hectare site of a rare scenic beauty. It is the only institution of its kind in the whole of Czech Republic combining both zoological and botanical exhibits. The individual sections of the garden represent the zoological and geographic biotopes of all continents. Altogether the Zoo looks after 5,500 animals from over 1,100 different species. The principal policy of the Zoo is to create the best possible conditions for its inmates. As an example, a community o f chimpanzees are allowed the freedom of a large area, and kept quite unconfined behind a ditch. Among the greatest visitor attractions are the rare Berber lions kept in a fre e range next to the main Zoo gate, and Usury tigers kept in a range which includes a small lake, stream and viewing terraces. Open in 2006 was an Americal pavilion with lynx, in 2007 an Madagascar pavilion with African hoofed animals.

   The Lüftnerka farmhouse from the 19th century, included in the Zoo premises, presents domestic animals in their traditional environment. It also contains within its walls 400 historic agricultural tools and implements. Plant lovers will enjoy a visit to the hot house which accommodates succulent plants from three different regions, including the remarkable Welvitschia mirabilis.

   Plzeň Zoo has the largest collection of reptiles and inver­tebrates in Central Europe. Some of these animals are exhibited in the Akva-Tera centre in the city. Other facili­ties available at the Zoo include a shop selling Madagascar lemur souvenirs, a Siberian log house, an African-style Kiboko restaurant, and numerous refreshment stalls.

   The Zoo in Plzeň is open to visitors all the year round. Summertime hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., whilst in the winter the Zoo in open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Akva-Terra centre at 5, Palacký square is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information see www.zooplzen.cz.

    Your visist to the Zoo can be combined with that to the adjoining Dinopark (see www.dinopark.cz).

Last edited by: Beránek Filip (23.06.2010)

 


 

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