Endangered Crocodile Day was held at Protivín Zoo on Saturday 6th October on the occasion of International Animal Day. The zoo has financially supported the natural locality of Mesangat Lake in Borneo for many years now. One of the last wild populations of Siamese Crocodiles and False Gavials live in this swampy lake. The zoo keeps both species and is one of the few zoos in Europe to regularly breed Siamese Crocodiles. The proceeds from sales of the Crocodile Atlas, written by the zoo’s Director Ing. Miroslav Procházka, have always been sent to Borneo. This sum has now been increased by the proceeds from photographs taken of the public with crocodiles during the event. People were very interested in having their photographs taken with crocodiles, and thus the zoo director was able to give the guest of the event, Mr Ralf Sommerland – the European representative of the IUCN crocodile specialists group and an activist for the Zasiwa Foundation for Borneo, a cheque for 25 thousand crowns, intended for the protection of Mesangat. See more in the photo-gallery.
On 4th – 6th of May we were breeding sixteen crocodile´s babies of gharial (Gavialis gangeticus). It is first rearing in Europe and at the same time is first rearing outside the tropics.
Crocodile Zoo Protivín has great success with breeding endangered and critically endangered crocodile species. The first in Europe Zoo has bred a Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) in homozygous form a Mugger crocodile (Crocodilus palustris).
In the days from 16. 11 to 20. 11. 2015 We attended the fifth Congreso Internacional Tropical Animal Production at the Palacio de Convenciones de la Habana, where we presented our successful breeding of the critically endangered crocodile species.