Late Afternoon in Prague Zoo – Part I

The weather these days is cold and sunny, only few degrees above 0 and that makes perfect conditions to go outside and take some photos. Yesterday, I went to Prague Zoo again, only about two hours before all the visitors would have to leave the zoo. And it was really cool, everything was lit with golden light, especially the exhibits on the southern hillside and there I took most of the photos. All these photos were taken when the sun was just above the horizon and therefore the colours are very warm.

The Indian Lion (Panthera leo persica)

… or maybe I should say lioness. Unfortunaly she is the only lion there, but hopefully a new male will arrive soon.
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Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni)

I am just wondering if he is pracitising ballet or is it drunkenness?
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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

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That was only the first portion of photos from Prague Zoo, there are two more to go.
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Prague Zoo Again

Photos from my another visit to Prague Zoo. I arrived at the zoo at half past nine in hope that there will be almost nobody in the zoo and I would enjoy the calmness there and hear only the sounds made by all the animals. Mistake! At this time, which is time when zoo opens, there was already several hundreds people and the screaming children where almost everywhere.

The lioness called Aisha was unusually active this day. I usually see her sleeping in the back of the outside exhibit but today she was walking around it. Indian lion (Panthera Leo Persica).
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Young hippo called Váleček (in czech it means “small cylinder”) was at first hesitating whether to enter the water or not. After a while he decided to go there. Fortunately, he was swimming towards me with only his head above water. The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius).
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The ural owl (Strix uralensis)
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The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)
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Zoo During Winter

The Prague Zoo is always very beautiful during winter, because everything is covered with white snow and also because it is very quiet and calm in this time of year. There is not too much visitor so I can enjoy the calmness and also the animals seems to be much more active. When I come closer to their exhibit, they actually seem to notice me and they seem to be curios about me. This is great for photographing them because they are looking at me. I enjoy the zoo the most during morning and before noon but it is not always possible to go there at these hours. The following photos were taken during one cloudy afternoon sometime in February.

I always spent some time near the lion’s exhibit, because I really enjoy watching them. But this time I was quite unfortunate becuase I had chance to take only few photos before the lioness, whose name is Aisha, left the outer exhibit and moved inside. Indian lion, panthera leo persica.

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The next stop was a terrarium which is placed inside the big cats pavilion. I usualy have a snack here because it is warm there and there are many seats so I can put down the camera and drink my hot tea or chocolate.

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Unfortunately I always forget to look at the name of the lizard 😀

Then there were wolves who live in large exhibit with many trees. Usually there was whole wolf pack and this time I saw only one of them, the only female in the pack named Boja. Eurasian wolf, canis lupus lupus.

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