World Penguin Day officially falls on April 25, when Prague Zoo was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, the celebration was postponed to Saturday, September 19th.
Visitors will find a rich program that encourages people to learn more about penguins, their environment, and how important they are to the ecosystem.
In addition, children can take part in games and contests.
From 10:00 to 16:30, visitors can take part in a creative workshop, where it will be possible to compose and paint a 3D penguin.
The culmination of Saturday’s program will be a lecture by zookeeper Jakub Mezei, which will take place from 5 pm at the Education Center.
Upon entering the pavilion of penguins, you will find yourself in the harsh world of the Chilean and Peruvian coasts – the home of the Humboldt’s penguin.
Standing behind large glass panes, you can observe the way they live and move around both above and under the surface of the water– you can even watch them nesting in the winter, as we are one of the few European zoos to achieve regular success in breeding these penguins.
World Penguin Day celebrates all the penguins in the world and raises awareness for the endangerment of these ice-born creatures. Many of these penguins are sensitive to the effects of climate change, and as a result, many are having to migrate further to find their food, decreasing the population of these penguins as a result.
Out of the total 17 species that live in the world, 11 of them have been classified as endangered or vulnerable, according to the WWF.