Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha) in Czech Republic

Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha)
Gulab, Shanti and Dan Koehl in Prague Zoo, 2010. Photo © Jutta Kirchner
Gulab, Shanti and Dan Koehl in Prague Zoo, 2010. Photo © Jutta Kirchner


Size58 hectares (140 acres)
Total nrs5049
First elephant arrived1933
Opened for public1931
Number of species676
Number of animals5049
Address U Trojskeho zamku 3/120
Zip-code 171000
Place Prague 7-Troja
District Troja
Country Czech Republic
Website Website
YouTube userYouTube

Directors1959- : Zdeněk Veselovský
1990-1997: Bohumil Král
2010-now: Miroslav Bobek

Key People 2010-2010: Dan Koehl (elephant consultant)


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
Zbyněk Šíša
?-2010: Jiri Javurek
?-2016: Petr Kabatek
2016-now: Martin Kristen

Elephant keepers
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History of updates2022-04-12

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Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), located at U Trojskeho zamku 3/120, in Prague 7-Troja, Czech Republic , was founded in 1931, opened for public in 1931 and the first elephant arrived in 1933.

Living elephants

At the Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha) lives 7 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Ankhor born 1983-00-00
  2. Gulab born 1959
  3. Janita born 2004-10-17
  4. Lakuna born 2020-05-09
  5. Max born 2016-04-05
  6. Shanti born 1976
  7. Tamara born 2005-08-23

Comments / pictures1881: The idea for a zoological garden in Prague was first proposed in 1881 in a newspaper article by Count Sweerts-Spork, on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and Princess Stéphanie of Belgium.

1931: The zoo was opened to the public on 28 September 1931.

1971: In 1971 a new pavilion opened for large mammals, including elephants, hippos and rhinos.

2013: In 2013 a large new Elephant Valley pavilion was introduced and the first elephant was born in Prague Zoo, named Sita. The calf was born to Donna who had come to Prague from Rotterdam.

Two male elephants Maximilian were named after members of the von Habsburg family, one of whom had a live elephant brought to Prague as early as 1570, and both built their own kind of zoo in Prague.

2020-06-21: The daughters of Tamara and Janita were named and Lakuna and Amalee.

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2022: A Prague Zoo employee was injured by an elephant over the weekend. The 31-year-old zoo employee had to be taken to the hospital for injuries to her pelvis, chest, and arm. The incident took place early on Sunday, April 10.

Prague Zoo opened in 1931 and has had elephants since 1933. Currently, the Herd consists of nine Indian elephants. The youngest are two females, who were born in March and May 2020 to Tamara and Janita, another female in the Herd. Both Tamara and Janita are originally from Sri Lanka. They both also gave birth six years ago to two male elephants, Rudi and Max.

The herd’s oldest member is the female Gulab, which the zoo acquired in 1966. Her long-time companion, the elephant Shanti, came to Prague from India as a cub in 1977. The herd’s final member is a male named Ankhor, who was born in Burma (now Myanmar) in 1983. The zoo’s Elephants Valley complex opened in 2013 and cost CZK 500 million.

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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