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Podkrušnohorský zoopark is situated adjacent to the Kamencové jezero (the Alum Lake). It was founded in 1975 and with its area of 120 hectares it is currently the largest zoo in the Czech Republic. The forest park specializes in animals breeding of palearctis and currently it takes care of more than 160 species with 14 of them being endangered. Visitors are offered several services in order to diversify the visit. During a single day there can be seen for example the wolverines, wolves, bears, seals, beavers, bison, moose, reindeer and many other of the thousand of representatives of the nature.
o the pleasant atmosphere contribute two restaurants ("Taiga" and "U Pratura"), several kiosks, zooshop and souvenir shop ("At Wolf"). For children there is prepared a playground, a climbing centre "Lanáček, the contact zoo or pony riding. In addition the guests may use the motor train called "omnibus train Amelia" which with a guide passes through the main part of the zoopark, or Safari Express, which again with a guide travels through a large paddock for freely moving animals of Eurasian fauna (in the summer months also the evening rides are held). The newly built open-air museum Stará Ves (Old Village) which is constantly updated belongs to the attractions and it is one of the stops on the Safari Express route. It contains a half- timbered chapel, functional windmill and a museum of extinct communities, a homestead and examples of horticulture, agriculture and handicrafts. Beside the animals we can see in the zoopark an avenue of edible chestnut trees which was planted by the Society of Jesus in 17th century, or a symbolic cemetery of extinct species. The year-round program is further complemented by the cultural events such as Earth Day, Fairy Safari, Animal Day, Hubert ride or Nicholas ride through the city. Thanks to all of the above attractions Podkrušnohorský zoopark became one of most sought-after tourist places in the whole region and a challenge to visit this year-round open area.

History

The Pavilion (now the gazebo) in the city park with the aquariums and terrariums which served to 94 species of fish, amphibians and reptiles can be regarded a forerunner of today Zoo. Since 1932 when it was officially opened the number of breeding species was constantly increasing and a pool with water birds and outdoor exposition of small carnivores was established in the city centre.

But the limited space did not allow further expansion which eventually led to the abandonment of the park and the establishment of new premises near the Alum Lake, which was made available to the public in May 1975.

Safari Express

Eurosafari is a part of the park where visitors cannot walk. This is a paddock of 30 ha where the animals move freely. From April to October several times a day Safari Express commutes to Eurosafari. From the open carriages the visitors from the immediate vicinity can watch the bisons, Scottish highland cattle, water buffalos, the Przewalski horses, onagers, European red deer and other species.

Outside the summer holidays the trips on weekdays can be ordered for groups over 10 persons by telephone or via the form placed on the zoo Web site.

The chestnut orchard Kaštanka was founded in the 17th century by the Jesuits. It is the northernmost fertile orchard of sweet chestnut in Europe. The protected centuries-old trees are a unique monument and the zoopark takes care of maintenance and restoration of this rare site. Young chestnut trees provide yield first time after many years. They bloom in mid-June and at the turn of September and October the fruits ripen. Kaštanka provides protection for many wild animals. In the grass you can meet small rodents, hares, pheasants, but also a fox. The crowns of trees and cavities are used by squirrels and many birds. The tawny owl and also long-eared owl are nesting here. You can also see the green woodpecker, tree-creeper and nuthatch. The old decaying wood is intentionally left as a suitable environment for the life and development of insect.

Children's Zoo

In the Children's Zoo in addition to the attractions which are solved in an interesting art design, cable car and a large sand pit there are the contact animals which can be safely caressed by children. In this part the most of cultural events organized by Podkrušnohorský Zoopark are held. All visitors who are interested in terrariums surely will come here because the terrariums are located here.

Terrariums

The interesting world of a large number of animals living freely in different parts of Europe, Asia and North Africa can be seen in the glassed terrariums of Podkrušnohorský zoopark. There are the amphibians - cold-blooded animals that for their life and reproduction need the aquatic environment, but a part of life spend on earth. The poison of some species is so strong that it can kill even an adult person. The salamander spotted and east bellied frog, toad or tree frog green belong to the caudate amphibians. Equally interesting is the exposition of reptiles. It includes cold-blooded animals whose reproduction is not tied to the aquatic environment. The very dry horny skin prevents the desiccation of the body and provides a thermal insulation of internal organs and protects the body of the animal against any injuries. Many representatives of the class of reptiles have their body covered with a bony casing which creates the armour or they have the small bones or bone plates placed directly in the skin. The reproduction of reptiles is through the eggs with a solid calciferous or leathery casing or they give birth to live young ones. The young ones hatch fully developed and they do not go through the phase of larval development as in case of the amphibians. The turtles, crocodiles and scaly reptiles belong to the reptiles. The exhibits of a viper and the horned viper surely belong to the most interesting representatives of scaly species.

The track with obstacles is intended for children from 3 to 12 years. It has one input, one output and several relaxing sites, but it also serves for overtaking the participants. Children can test their skills under the supervision of trained staff.

Opening hours: Saturday, Sunday, public holidays and holidays: 9:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m.

Entrance fee: CZK 50 / day

The rope centre is open depending on the weather, especially in the main visitor season.

Graveyard of extinct animals

At this point we can learn about animals which were exterminated due to human activities. Each of the imaginary graves constitutes the fate of one of them. The Tasmanian tiger was kept in zoos, but the effort to prevent its extinction failed. The Tasmanian tiger was regarded as a dangerous creature and was killed on a mass scale. The last known specimen of the Tasmanian tiger dies in the year 1936 in Hobarts zoo and it was declared extinct in 1986. The Mauritius dodo also known as the ineptus (dodo) was about a meter tall flightless bird. Several factors contributed to its extinction such as the importation of alien animals to the island of Mauritius where until then the Mauritius dodo had no natural enemies and felling the forests where it lived. The Mauritius dodo was first spotted by people in 1505 and became extinct between 1688 and 1715.The Caribbean sea-calf was last seen in 1952. Due to the hunting the population of Caribbean sea-calf declined so much that its further reproduction was impossible. The zebra kwaga differed from other zebras mainly in colour. The streaks were only on its head and neck and its body was covered with brown fur and feet were white. Kwaga lived in the early 19th century in South Africa, but due to an excessive hunting the last kwaga zebra in the wild was shot in 1878. The auroch was the ancestor of the gayal. It was a huge animal which attained a height at withers to 2 meters. The last piece was killed in 1627 in the reservation at Polish Jaktorov. Moa was a large flightless bird living in New Zealand which reached a height of 3.6 meters.

Hunting and timber felling were the main reasons of extinction where the moa lived. It is assumed that moa was exterminated around 1500, but according to some speculation a few individuals could survive until the 18th or 19th century. Furthermore in the imaginary cemetery you can see the monument of a small kangaroo, insular hamster, eared rats and other animals that due to the endless greed and ruthlessness of people had to leave our planet forever.

Omnibus train Amelia

The motor train serves for transporting the visitors in the classical part of the zoo. The trip which lasts half an hour is accompanied with the interpretation which is given by a guide. The omnibus train Amelia is not dependent on the weather and it operates also when it is cloudy or slightly rains.

During the summer holidays and on weekends the omnibus train Amelia observes the timetable. Outside the summer holidays on weekdays you can order the trips for groups over 10 persons by telephone or via the form placed on the zoo Web site.
Address:
Podkrušnohorský zoopark Chomutov, příspěvková organizace
Přemyslova 259
430 01 Chomutov
Česká republika

Contacts:

Phone: 474 629 917, 474 624 185
Fax: 474 624 412
IP phone: 414 141 400, 414 141 401
e-mail: zoopark@zoopark.cz

Opening hours:

01.03.–31.03.
Mon-Sun 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
01.04.- 30.09.
Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat-Sun 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
01.10.-20.10.
Mon-Sun 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
from 21.10 to 28.02.
Mon-Sun 9:00a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Which way to zoo:

GPS coordinates
N 50°28,378; E 13°25,15
N 50°28,663; E 13°25,363
Entrance fee
from 01. 04. to 30. 09.

 

full entrance fee

groups, families

Entrance fee for adult persons

75 Kč

64 Kč

Entrance fee for a child between 3 and 15 years of age

45 Kč

38 Kč

Seniors above 70 years of age permanently resided in Chomutov

free of charge

 

Retired persons above 65 years of age

45 Kč

38 Kč

Handicapped persons - ZTP card

free of charge

free of charge

Companionship - ZTP / P card

free of charge

free of charge

from 1. 10. to 31. 3.

 

full entrance fee

groups, families

Entrance fee for adult persons

65 Kč

55 Kč

Entrance fee for a child between 3 and 15 years of age

40 Kč

34 Kč

Seniors above 70 years of age permanently resided in Chomutov

free of charge

 

Retired persons above 65 years of age

40 Kč

34 Kč

Handicapped persons - ZTP card

free of charge

 

Companionship - ZTP / P card

free of charge

 

 

Annual permanent tickets

Permanent ticket for an adult - non-transferable

350 Kč

Permanent ticket for a child between 3 and 15 years of age - non-transferable

200 Kč

Permanent ticket for a retired person above 65 years of age- non-transferable

200 Kč

Gold card (max. 4 persons) - transferable

6.000 Kč

 

Other services:

Parking fee for holders of ZTP, ZTP/P cards

free of charge

Amálka – uniform entrance fee

30 Kč

Safari Express - children between 3 and 15 years of age

30 Kč

Adult persons

40 Kč

Night Safari - children between 3 and 15 years of age

40 Kč

Adult persons

70 Kč

Daylong parking fee

30 Kč

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