Prague Zoo will celebrate its 88th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, a new pavilion with a unique collection of parrots from all around the world will happen on Saturday 28th September.
The most precious presentation will be the Lear’s macaw, which scientists considered some time ago extinct.
The director of Prague Zoo, Miroslav Bobek, recalls how the idea of a new pavilion with exotic parrots started: “The arrangements for the construction began on the day I met Stanislav Rákos for the first and unfortunately last time. This enthusiastic breeder of exotic birds decided to leave a substantial part of his to Prague Zoo shortly before his death. When we talked about how we could use the money, I mentioned one of our thoughts: to build a brand new pavilion designed especially for parrots in place of cramped aviaries from the early 30s. Mr. Rákos was enthusiastic about this idea to the point where during our meeting, he asked me how much we would need for this purpose”.
Thanks to Stanislav Rákos, Praguers can now look forward to a unique pavilion, which is also appreciated by world-renowned British ornithologist and writer Rosemary Low: “The expositions of the Prague Parrot Pavilion are the most realistic and pleasing I’ve ever seen in any zoo. I am sure that Prague Zoo visitors will be amazed and enchanted!”
Eight habitats and “best” species
“Parrots will be in an environment that corresponds almost perfectly to the areas where they live in the wild. In the pavilion we have eight different habitats occupied by the best species: Lear’s macaw, Pesquet’s parrot, Yellow-billed amazon, Hyacinth macaw and more”, says Bobek.
Several guests will attend the anniversary celebration and the opening of the new pavilion – for instance, the Mayor of Prague Zděnek Hřib, world-famous ballet dancer Jiří Bubeníček or actors Hynek Čermák and Klára Trojanová.