Prague’s Malá Chuchle mini-zoo, operated by the city’s forestry department, is located at the gamekeeper’s lodge in Chuchle Grove and populated by red deer, wild boar, lynx, and foxes as well as nutria and mink.
It also serves as a refuge for abandoned chicks or wounded animals and a center of ecological education and forest pedagogy.
This year the zoo invites the public to share gifts of food and toys with its wild inhabitants, opening this Saturday, December 14, for an afternoon of festive feeding.
The zoo is requesting “apples and carrots for the deer and mouflon, while ferrets and raccoons, lynx and foxes, will appreciate squeaky toys, dried pork ears, or leather balls.” Snacks and hots drinks will be available for human guests and a bird-feeder-making workshop will take place as well.
The event begins at 2 pm; Christmas shopping opportunities will also be on hand: shop for a jar of honey from the limited-edition Velvet Honey issued by the forestry department for this year’s 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
Due to capacity reasons, the zoo will gradually open the animal enclosures in 30-minute time slots, during which time visitors can feed certain animals. The event lasts until 4 pm with feeds for deer, wild boar, goat, and mouflon (in that order) taking place on the half hour.