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The Magnetic Appeal of Prague Zoo

Tiger: Creative Commons/windyjonas
While in Prague, if there any one activity that could keep your kids entertained, its the cutesy animals at the Prague Zoo. The magnetism of Prague Zoo is so strong that a vacation in the Czech capital could never be complete without a visit to one of the best zoos in Europe. In fact, in 2007 Forbes Traveler Magazine listed Prague ZOO among the world's best zoos.
Black and white monkeys: Creative Commons/flambelle

When we think of Prague, the first thing that comes to our mind are the historical attractions like Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, etc. Well, the city enjoys such a rich architectural and historical antiquity it is bound that these sightseeing points will boast of all the vantage points. But Prague is also home to the zoo whose noble job of breeding programs and reviving nearly extinct species is receiving it rave reviews.

Inaugurated in 1931 with the goal of "advance the study of zoology, protect wildlife, and educate the public", the Prague Zoological Garden played an important role in saving the Przewalski horse. Its gorillas breeding programs have also been very successful with a Panda award win at Wild Screen Festival in Bristol. Moreover, in 2006 it became the first zoo to breed Komodo dragons in captivity.

Przewalski's Horse: Creative Commons/Jeff Kubina

There are many areas within the Zoo popular among the children such as the Indonesia Jungle and Monkey Island abound with the rich fauna and flora of the South Asian rainforests. The Children's play area allows them to interact and play with domesticated animals like rabbits, sheep, pigs, ponies, hens, ducks, geese. Over the 4-5 acres enjoy breathtaking views of sea lions, tigers, penguins, giraffes, elephants and more rare species.

Reaching the zoo is very easy though it's outside the city centre. Take a public transport bus 112 from Nádraží Holešovice to Zoologická zahrada which is the last stop. Also, the Prague Zoo has arranged for a free direct bus "Zoo Bus" which departs every 10 minutes, every weekend from Nádraží Holešovice along the same path as bus 112.

The zoo is also accessible by a boat ride along the Vltava river which departs from Rašinovo Quay and Nemocnice na Františku and beelines you to the Zoo. Trips back to the scheduled origin are also arranged.

If you want to visit Prague to be enthralled by the antics of the lovely animals at the zoo, quickly book cheap flights to Prague.


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