Crocodile ZOO Protivín
The largest European collection of alligators, caimans, crocodiles and gavials. Conservation institution dealing with the reproduction of critically endangered species of crocodiles and the protection of natural habitats. Here you will see crocodile giants measuring more than four meters, as well as just born cubs. The Protivín ZOO crocodile breeds the largest breeding groups of the most endangered species of crocodiles in the world - the Indian gavial, the Sunda gavial and the Philippine crocodile - outside the country of origin. It was the first in Europe to breed a Cuban crocodile and a mud crocodile, and it is the only zoo in the Czech Republic to breed critically endangered Siamese crocodiles. You can observe incubators with crocodile eggs and newborn puppies directly in the exhibition.
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Interesting facts Crocodile ZOO Protivín
Visitors will be captivated by the albino North American alligator, the only one in European zoos, and can admire the Golem - more than four meters long sea crocodile, representative of the largest species of crocodiles in the world. Chambal, a male Indian gavial measuring four and a half meters and who, together with the female Ganga, forms the only breeding pair of these rare animals in Europe, does not match him in size. The group of this species is complemented by five cubs of Indian gavials, which catch small fish directly in front of zoo visitors.
The tour is complemented by a collection of venomous snakes, where cobras, vipers and rattlesnakes are represented. In the exposition of the zoological museum, which is a part of the zoo, visitors can see, among other things, the complete skeleton of a crocodile.
The whole zoo project is original and strictly ecological. The zoo was created by the reconstruction of a barn from the end of the 18th century (the reconstruction was co-financed by the EU - ROP Southwest), it produces its own energy using a photovoltaic power plant and a system of heat pumps. Part of the zoo's financial income goes regularly every year to protect the Lake Mesangat site in Borneo.
The Protivín Crocodile Zoo is open daily all year round