Golden pig at Prague Zoo. via Petr Hamerník /Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo accepting food gifts for animals on Christmas Eve

Prague Zoo will let children under 15 in for 1 CZK on Christmas Eve day

Going to Prague Zoo on Christmas has been a growing tradition for the past several years. On December 24, visitors can expect commented feedings (in Czech) and meetings, seal performances, or seeing a golden pig, which a Czech tradition. Children up to 15 years of age can enter for only 1 CZK that day. People can also bring food for the animals. In the Czech Republic, most celebrating takes place December 24, and not the following day.

Before that, on December 22, visitors can look also forward to celebrating the seventh birthday of the gorilla Nurua.

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Pavilions and restaurants in Prague Zoo will be open on December 24 until 2 pm, and the area will remain open until 4 pm. People can bring edible gifts that will be handed over to the animals in the coming days. Visitors can bring vegetables, fruits, dry bread, nuts or biscuits at the main entrance, and bed sheets for the orangutans. Visitors themselves will receive a small gift.

bison eating a tree
Bison eating a tree. via  Petr Hamerník / Prague Zoo

In the past, people have literally brought tons of food for the animals, which helps the zoo save on its food budget.

Feedings and meetings will take place until 1:30 pm, and at 1 pm a special show with a golden pig in the Bororo Reserve is scheduled. At 1:30 pm a seal performance ends the special Christmas program.

On 25 and 26 December, a Christmas program will be held in the Bororo Reserve with domesticated animals and under the Christmas tree and small presents for children. On December 28–30, commented feedings will continue with a handover of some gifts that visitors brought on Christmas Eve and unused Christmas trees.

Prague Zoo was ranked the fifth-best in the world by users of the travel site TripAdvisor in 2017.

The zoo currently covers 58 hectares with 50 hectares used for exhibits. It has over 4,700 animals from 681 species, including 144 species listed as threatened. The zoo has 12 pavilions and over 150 exhibits. Om 2019, almost 1,300 animals were born at the zoo, including several endangered species.

The zoo as of May 31, 2018, has been entirely non-smoking. It also has several WiFi spots so people can send photos over social media.

Christmas program at Prague Zoo
(subject to change; note all events are aimed at Czech speakers)
December 21–25: it will be possible to take Bethlehem lights from the main entrance

December 22
Gorilla Nurua’s birthday party and Christmas card making
10 am – 3 pm: Educational and gaming station in the Gorilla Pavilion: making wishes for Nurua and his family, small prize competitions
10 am – 3 pm Art workshop for making animal-theme Christmas cards in the Education Center
2 pm: Christmas presentation from the ethnographic ensemble The Children of Skoronice in front of the Gorillas Pavilion
3 pm: Feeding gorillas accompanied by expert commentary

December 24
Christmas Eve day at the zoo
9 am to 2pm: Visitors can bring edible gifts, or sheets or sheets during the day (at the main entrance)
10 am: Feeding the aardvarks
10:30 am: Meeting at the elephants
11 am: Feeding penguins
11:30 am: Meeting at the gorillas
12:30 pm: Meeting at the great newts
1 pm: A performance with a golden pig at the Bororo Reserve
1:30 pm: Seal show

December 25 and 26:
Christmas holidays in the Bororo Reserve
1 pm: Christmas program with domesticated animals in the festively decorated Bororo Reserve

December 28–30
Christmas presents for animals – distribution of gifts given by visitors for animals and unused Christmas trees
10:30 am: Giraffes
11 am: Bison
11:30 am: Black-handed spider monkeys
12.30 pm: Big turtles
1 pm: Bororo reserve
1:30 pm: Indian elephants
2:30 pm: Barbary macaques and Barbary sheep
3 pm: Lowland gorillas

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