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ENDANGERED CROCODILES CONSERVATION FUND

 

Crocodile Zoo Protivín has great success with breeding IMG_0428.JPGendangered 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).

Along with the Cologne Zoo has bred for the first time in Europe Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis).  Zoo has the largest breeding base in Europe for this kind of crocodile- three unrelated couples. Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) Zoo has bred for the first time in the Czech Republic and gradually spread to other zoos in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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Crocodile Zoo Protivín wants to reproduce other endangered species of crocodiles too. Zoo has a wide breeding base in Indian gavial (Gavialis gangeticus) and false gavials (Tomistoma schlegelii). Any offspring will be passed on to other breeders, from whom we expect to post into this fund. The main aim of breeding work, however, will be the reintroduction of bred crocodiles ie. Get back to nature.

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The source for this fund are voluntary donations of individuals and legal persons who are motivated foundraisingem Protivin Crocodile Zoo. Finally, they used cash backs projects - eg. Lyoness.

The Fund's resources are primarily intended to support the reintroduction project, which the zoo participates. Allocation of funds will coordinate the grant committee of the Fund, are participants and members of the IUCN SSC CSG.

Report of the use of Fund resources will be included in the annual report Tomistoma Foundation, operator of  Crocodile Zoo Protivín.

 

V Congreso Internacional Tropical Animal Production at the Palacio de Convenciones de la Habana

 

In the days from 16.11 to 20.11. 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. We would like to thank to the Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Prague, Mr. Gustavo Suarez Angel Cordero for a recommendation of our participation.

As part of the path to the congress we visited the world famous farm -  Criadero de Cocodrilos en Zapata, where they have conservation projects for  Cuban crocodile. We could discuss with the workers in the farm and we could share our experience of breeding of crocodiles. We acquainted  with the intentions of saving of this critically endangered species. Workers and scientists are doing research of genetics and morphology types Cuban crocodiles on the farm.

Our Cuban colleagues had thesis from Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in the Czech Budejovice, one's disposal before our arrival. This work was for them very interested and the scientific team could  to compare with the latest findings from the analysis of DNA processed by crocodiles in Cuba. The results of these tests will be decisive for our future cooperation zoo with conservation projects of critically endangered crocodile in Cuba.

During the excursion to the National Park Cienaga de Zapata, we visited place where Cuban crocodile is found in the wild and from our guides receive information about its current status. Cuban crocodile is strictly protected, and its status in the wild will rise in the future likely reintroduction of captive breeding. We hope that in this process we will actively involved.

 

 

 


 

Our successful breeding Crocodylus mindorensis

 

Protivin Crocodile Zoo has largest group of critically endangered Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) in Europe.  We have  three pairs of crocodiles, they are  from  13 to 16 old, four females who have 8 years of age and five youngs crocodile – they was born in our  zoo in 2013 and in 2015. In 2013, seven young crocodiles have been hatching. The female of Phillippine crocodiles laid eggs  2.5.2013 and 84 day later 7 youngs hatched -parents are Jack and Minda. Two of this small crocodiles died in 2014 - Thanks to injuries which they have caused each other.

In 2015 we bred one young crocodile from another  unrelated pair - Monty and Golda. The female of Phillippine crocodiles laid eggs  2.5.2015 and 79 day later one young  hatched. They was mating on 26.3.2015.

All Philippine crocodiles in the zoo Protivín were tested for mitochondrial and nuclear DNA (microsatellites) and we confirmed them as homozygous. Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) and Cuban crocodile (C. rhombifer) for ex situ conservation management, 2014, Master's thesis, University of South Bohemia,Faculty of Science).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTUMN – WINTER 2015 EVENTS 

Are you interested in an unusual experience? Come see our crocodiles.
We’ve prepared a rich program for you.

Every Saturday
At 10:30 am and 2 pm: feeding of the most aggressive and fastest species of crocodiles
in the world. A group of nearly 20 Cuban crocodiles will show you how they fight for prey.
And that’s not all. The feeding of the GOLEM follows! Giant crocodile, a nearly five metres long male saltwater crocodile, does not mess around with his prey. Don’t believe it?

 Every Sunday
Photo shoots with a young Philippine or Siamese crocodile,
which belong to critically endangered species.
Pictures can be taken on the hour all day.
Do you have a picture with a crocodile in your album yet?

In the rich program, there is something for truly everyone. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

 

 Hatching of the spectacled caiman

On October 8, 2014 spectacled caiman young hatched right at the exposition at our zoo. Visitors could thus see the hatching with their own eyes. Watching the birth of these little crocodiles is a fascinating experience. Those who did not see the hatching can see the little caimans at the exposition at the zoo.

                                             

                                             

 

Female spectacled caiman laid eggs 

Eggs laid on July 22, 2014 will be on display for the ZOO visitors at the exhibition in an incubator. In about 68 days, the little caimans will hatch.

A unique breeding program of a Siamese crocodile in the exhibition terrarium

On September 4, 2014, a unique birth of a Siamese crocodile /crocodylus siamensis/ was handled right in the exhibition tank at the ZOO. A pair of crocodiles, female Diana and male Robin, mated and the female laid eggs. Unlike other litters, we did not remove the eggs from the terrarium but kept them in the hatchery. The natural way of breeding helped us to test the construction of terrariums at the ZOO and technological principles we use. Now our efforts have paid off. The younglings hatched with the help of the female crocodile right in the terrarium. Diana dug out the nest and then gradually took out the eggs with her jaws. The familiar croaking of the younglings who call their mother this way in the wild to help them in to the world could be heard from the inside of the eggs. She cracked the eggs carefully and carried the new-borns in her mouth to the water tank. The first crocodile born this way was named Miracle. 

                    

 Baptism of the Philippine crocodiles
On Tuesday June 17, 2014, a special christening event took place at the Protivin ZOO of the Philippine crocodiles born at this ZOO last year. The species is critically endangered and required special attention from the ZOO employees. Recently, TV Prima ZOOM has become the media partner of the Protivin ZOO and was among the invited guests. The Protivin crocodiles were christened by the TV Prima news team – Klara Dolezalova, Sandra Parmova, Monika Leova and Roman Fojta. TV Prima ZOOM was represented by Filip Budak, Vedran Kovacevic and Tomas Karlik. Among other participating guests were Jaromir Hlavac, the town´s Mayor and Pavel Koc, the director of the J.K. Tyl Elementary School in Pisek. Students of this school made a special gift for the crocodile ZOO – a ceramic crocodile sculpture and a corresponding painting. Both these gifts were presented by the J.K. Tyl Elementary School students at the beginning of the event. As a reward for their support, they received a tour of the ZOO, tickets to the christening and autographs of TV celebrities who spent time with them. Godfathers and godmothers were allowed to pick names for their crocodiles, which included Saraj, Ozy, Rocco, Neo, Dundee, Karlik and Chnapik. Crocodiles at the Protivin ZOO enchanted their godparents so much that most of them promised to visit the ZOO outside of media partnership events. At the end of the event, the director of the Crocodile ZOO introduced a new Czech Fund for the conservation of the biodiversity of the Philippines, which is to contribute to saving the critically endangered Philippine crocodiles. Click here to watch the coverage of the Philippine crocodiles’ christening event on TV Prima´s VIP news.

The TV Prima ZOOM media partner shot the coverage about the protection of the Philippine crocodiles called Crocodiles with dynamite! Will the Czech people save this beautiful reptile?

                     

                     

WHITE DEATH 

We cordially invite you to a new exhibition of exceptional animals called White Death. As the name suggests, you will see a group of dangerous animals of various species previously unseen in the Czech and European ZOOs. Animals in this group are characterised by a very distinctive mark – white pigmentation. You will meet Afrodita, the female Malayan gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii) and a pair of white monocled cobras (Naja kaouthia). Besides seeing these unusually coloured animals, you will learn about the origin of the white pigmentation and the fate of animals born with this abnormality. The White Death exhibition is open from April 28, 2014.

 

 Crocodile ZOO welcomed 40,000th visitor

The crocodile ZOO welcomed its 40,000th visitor on Saturday October 26, 2013. It was a lovely mother of three girls, Terezka, Adelka and Erika, Ms. Blanka Bastlova from Hlubyne near Pribram. She received small gift items from the ZOO management. This year has been the most successful in terms of the number of visitors. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again.

                                       

 

 Action at the ZOO

 We prepared for you extra action at the ZOO.

Every Saturday - Feeding of Crocodile rhombifer

Every Saturday visitors could witness the feeding of Cuban Crocodile- the most aggresive species of all crocodiles. Feeding starts every time at 1:00 PM.

 

Every Sunday - Photography with crocodile siamensis

Because of big interest of our visitors we added to our programm ,,Autumn - Winter in the ZOO" taking pictures with Siamese Crocodile. Siamese Crocodile is critically endangered species of crocodile. Taking pictures takes place every hour.

Action takes to 27. April 2014

  

The Czech republic has become superpower in keeping critically endanger species      of crocodile - Indian Gharial /Gavialis gangeticus/

On the 21st September 2013, two adult females of gharial came from indian Nehru Zoo (Hyderabad) to Protivin Crocodile Zoo. These females are property of Zoo Dvur Kralove and they were put in deposition to Protivín Crocodile Zoo. They are kept all togehter with other breeding pair of gharil all in one exhibition. This breeding pair, male Cambal with female Ganga, laid clutch of eggs in 2012. Unfortunately, eggs weren´t incubated properly. Cambal is very intense male and gharials are animals, which live in harem. Finally, male Cambal is able to create his own group of females.  The attention, which male Cambal paid on female Ganga, was very stressful for this female and she always tried to escape the act of coupling. Therefore, Protivín Crocodile Zoo gladly accepted offer of Zoo Dvůr Králové and put in deposition two of their females. Zoo Dvůr Králové received five females of gharial by exchange for other animals. Two of them went to Protivín, remaining three females went to Berlin Zoo.

Director of Protivín Crocodile Zoo, Miroslav Procházka, hopes, that male Cambal will disperse his intense activity in all females. That´s why the "prime" female Ganga would relieve the stress and Protivín Zoo will be closer to chance of breeding this rare species of crocodile.

The biggest breeding group of gharial outside the Indian subcontinent was established in Protivín Crocodile Zoo. Beside the referenced four gharials, Protivín Zoo keeps another five animals, which are seven years old. These younger animals came all together with breeding pair Cambal and Ganga to Protivín Zoo in 2011. Because of different age and size, they are kept apart of adult animals in other enclosure. This group of nine animals of the most endanger crocodilian species is unique. Another gharial groups ate in Zoo Prague (6 animals) and in French Pirrrelatte Crocodile Farm. The last place, where gharials are kept, is Eskilstrupu Zoo in Denmark - they keeps 2 immature animals. It´s obvious, that Czech republic is the European superpower in keeping of this rare species of crocodile.       

                              

 

The rarest crocodiles of the World hatched in Protivín Crocodile ZOO

The 23rd July 2013 could be called as a „Crocodile day“. Seven youngs of phillippine crocodile were born in our zoo. The breeding of phillippine crocodile was very awaited, because nobody in Europe bred this species till July of this year. Phillippine crocodiles are kept by only six european zoos, mainly the famous ones as London Zoo or Cologne Zoo. The Phillippine crocodiles laid eggs just in two zoos this year – Cologne and Protivín. The european primacy in breeding this species went to Cologne Zoo. Two youngs hatched there on 15.7.2013. Eight days later, 7 youngs hatched in Protivín Zoo. Our breeding is quite specific in European context. The origin of our breeding pair is situated on island Luzon, but the rest of phillippine crocodiles, which are kept in Europe, came from island Mindanao. That´s why our breeding is unique in light of genetic value.

In the same day, when phillipine crocodiles hatched, nine youngs of siamese crocodile were born in our zoo. It was second clutch of eggs by one breeding pair in this year. We already had 18 youngs from the first clech, so all together we bred 27 youngs of siamese crocodile this year.

And that´s not all! Still in this same day, female of Spectatled caiman laid 11 eggs. Eggs are part of our exhibition now, so if some visitor had a lucky day, he would see some caiman hatching alive

                                

 

             Female Minda with hatschling                   Male Jack Mindorensis

 

Crocodile ZOO celebrated the 5th anniversary 

Crocodile ZOO celebrated its 5th anniversary June, 11 2013.The annual celebration was also attended by Vice President and a cofounder of CSG IUCN for Europe Ralf Sommerlad a Ing. Jiří Morávek, the Chairman of Society of Protivin Advancement, who baptized a new born Tachyglossus aculeatus. Its name is called for her nurse Zuzka. All children got a small present – a crocodile.

                                

 

                              

 

First young animals of this year were born

The crocodile ZOO is bigger of 18 new broods of crocodylus siamensis. It is the 3rd breeding  and for now the most successful breeding of these critical endangered species. The vistors can see them just in the zoo exposure.

                              

 

                                

 

Philippine crocodile /Crocodylus mindorensis/, the rarest crocodile of the world,       laid the eggs in Czech crocodile zoo. It was first european clutch of this species ever.

Since 20th June 2009 is the Protivín Crocodile ZOO official member of the Conservation programme of Philippine crocodile. The Conservation programme is organized by Enviromental Goverment of the Republic of the Philippines (DENR) and the partner of the Protivín Crocodile ZOO is manila Avilon Widlife Conservation Foundation and School of Practical Veterinary Managment, Inc  ( Avilon ZOO). From this ZOO ( Avilon ZOO), the Philippine crocodiles were imported  to the Protivín Crocodyle Zoo – four young females in 2010 and one adult male with five youngs in 2011. The Protivín breeding group is supplemented by two couples of Philippine crocodile, which were imported to Europe in   2003 and were handed to the Protivín Crocodile ZOO as a confiscation. 

The biggest problem in breeding of Philippine crocodile is big intraspecific agression. Therefore, philippine crocodiles are usually kept separatedly since the age of one year. We put them together only in breeding times. In other case, there is a risk, that animals would kill each other. But there is an exception. Male called Monty is comfortable with the presence of female for the whole year.  On the other hand, male called Jack (imported from Avilon Zoo) killed two other females, when he was still in Philippines and he killed one female in Protivín Zoo as well. We appreciate, that it was right Jack, who impregnated the female called Minda in February 2013. On the 2nd May 2013 – 87 days after mating, this female (Minda) laid 17 eggs. The sign of fertilization of the eggs (white stripes on them) appeared on 10 of them. Jack was admitted to female called Minda on 4th February 2013 for 2 hours - between 11:00 and 13:00. The mating took place in water as well as on land. The date of admitting crocodiles together was set up according to vocalization between male and female. This was compared to another couple of Philippine crocodiles - Monty and Golda, which are kept together for the whole year.  This couple performed nice foreplay before mating - including imposing each other and variety of sounds - rattling, grousing and barking. We compared this behaviour with the behaviour of couple Jack - Minda. However, they were keeping separatedly, they performed foreplay too. When the level of vocalization was same as Monty-Golda level, we admitted male Jack together with female Minda. They imposed each other with posing and loud vocalization. Afted 20 minutes they started mating.  At first time on land, after that, they started mating in pool. After 2 hours of coupling, male Jack started to be really agressive, so we had to separate them. On the 2nd May 2013, 87 days after mating, female Minda laid 17 eggs . She was laying the eggs in the morning since 8:30 to 9:30. We were taking the eggs at the same time as she was laying the eggs. The eggs are stored in two incubators. Each is keeping up different temprerature - 32°C and 31°C. We´re still wainting for the clutch of eggs by female Golda. She is younger than female Minda, so it is possible, that she didn´t reach ovulation and following formation of the eggs yet.

According to all available informations, this clutch of the eggs of Philippine Crocodile is the first in Europe ever. Now, we are looking forward to the half of June, if there will be any hatchlings:) This year is very successfull for Protivín Crocodile Zoo. Since February till the begining of May, we got clutch of eggs from the Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) - critically endangered species, next from the Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) and the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus). The last clutch of eggs is from critically endangered Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis).

 

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The Easter gifts for the ZOO!

The female of critically endangered Crocodylus siamensis laid 26 fertilized eggs few days before Easter. The visitors can see these eggs together with the eggs of Crocodylus palustris in the incubator, which is part of the exposition.

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Female Žofka laid the eggs 

In the morning on the 5th of March, there was a big surprise waiting for the zoo staff. The female of Crocodylus palustris laid the eggs, which are stored in the incubator at the zoo exposition.

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Severe toil at the zoo 

 On Monday, 5 November 2012 TV crew filmed TV Prima Cool another part of the show hard work at our zoo. The main protagonist of the Roman Buta he learned how odd jobs - cutting chickens, washing glass terrariums, mopping floors, as well as more specialized activities - feeding crocodiles and even sex determination in adolescents Cuban crocodiles. The interesting shots including trapping crocodiles you can see the 22nd November evening on TV Prima Cool. The attractions of the film you can see now in the Photo gallery

The main protagonist Roman Buta while filming the show Heavy toil

 

 We have another addition to the crocodile family

Caiman crocodilus was born 29th October in Crocodile zoo.

Nurse Veronika Smržová with newborn turtle wonderful and caiman crocodilus

 

 

Filming Jackass for MTV at our zoo 

The Czech Republic’s youngest well-known director, Ivanna Benešová, and her film crew filmed an episode of the Czech version of the Jackass Show at Protivín Zoo on Monday 8th October. The pleasant young daredevils arrived at the zoo to test the strength of a crocodile’s jaws and the sharpness of an Alligator Snapping Turtle’s bite. They also tested the aggressiveness of Cuban Crocodiles and the white American Alligator. You will be able to see how the whole event turned out on television. We can only confirm that the whole film crew departed with the same number of people it arrived with, thanks to the zoo’s employees who ensured their safety during filming. You can see photographs from the filming here.

Celý štáb s režisérkou Ivannou Benešovou

 

Endangered Crocodile Day 

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

Ředitel zoo předává šek na 25.000 Kč Ralfu Sommerladovi

Trail of courage through crocodiles

We prepared fine day with competitions on the end of holiday. Hourly we handed out a lot of prizes. We are happy that visitors were very satisfied. More in the photo gallery.

 

Rey Koranteng in zoo

The famous moderator Rey Koranteng (TV Nova) visited our zoo during his stay in the South Bohemia.

Rey Koranteng with crocodile

Birth of crocodylus siamensis - 24th July 2012

We have further success - the birth of crocodylus siamensis. Visitors could see live. hatching You can see happy hatching of crocodylus in the photo gallery.

Mahulena Bočanová is caressed with the crocodile

Do you want to pet him, too?

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Matuška named the white alligator Waldemar

Hello. I am a three-metre white North American male alligator, I am 20 years old, I come from Florida and my name is Waldemar. This is the way the rare albino can introduce itself to the visitors in the Protivín Crocodile Zoo now. Protivín Zoo is the only one in Europe that has one.  It was named by Waldemar Matuška junior who helped the keeper of Protivín Zoo, Miroslav Procházka, acquire it from the USA.

The christening ceremony took place on Wednesday 27 th June when the crocodile zoo started its operation in the extended areas. The number of terrariums has increased from the previous 11 to 25. The areas of the largest ones measure up to 120 square metres and people will see predators about five metres in length there, which has not been possible so far. For example, the largest representative of the crocodile kingdom in the Czech Republic – a male gavial 4.5 metres in length.

Matuška, who makes his living as a translator, had mainly used his language skills during the negotiations in the USA and also his contacts that he has in Florida, where he lives alternately. Even so, it had taken a year before they could take the white alligator to Protivín. "I am extremely grateful to Mr. Matuška for this. And I offered him the role of godfather so that I could repay him for it somehow. I am very happy that he has accepted and has even arrived in Protivín with his mother," said Procházka and he added that he had also wished for the albino to be named Waldemar.

The son of one of the most outstanding Czech singers returned the compliment when he said that he would be glad if the experts from the alligator zoo in Florida came to Protivín to see what a competitor was growing for them there.

Of course, due to the size of the animal, the christening was only symbolic. However, this did not apply to the previous programme when selected guests became godparents to smaller predators which the Protivín Zoo has managed to breed. However, all the animals had their jaws tied up with a band for safety reasons.

For example, the actress and presenter Mahulena Bočanová got to handle a Cuban female crocodile and she named it Santána. "It's a beautiful exotic animal and that is why I wanted to choose a similarly exotic name for it. I have chosen it after a friend of mine from Brazil," she said, giving the reasons for her decision.

Olga Matušková, in turn, christened a North American female alligator Oli. "In fact, that is the name my family and closest friends call me," she explained. After that she pleased all the attendees with a few songs in the country style accompanied by the KTO group.

Jaromír Havlíček, who has helped with the zoo’s enlargement as a designer, was also among the godparents. He named another Cuban female crocodile Míra. "I thought I would get a male, but Míra does suit a female as well," he said, not letting himself be knocked off balance.

They have just cut the ribbon on the new areas in Protivín and they are already making further, more ambitious plans. Specifically, the breeding of white alligators. "We already have a male and we are holding talks on the acquisition of a female now," said Procházka.

White american alligator Book Krokodýl Bambo
   

The first Mugger crocodile in Europe

Our zoo has succeeded in something no other establishment of this kind in Europe has done. The first ever Mugger crocodile in Europe was born on 8th June 2012. By clicking the image you can see our "muggy" in full glory at the moment he was hatching from his egg.

First baby of Mugger crocodile

 
Gavialis gangeticus at the Crocodile ZOO Protivín have laid eggs
At the night of 27th and 28th March 2012 a joyful event took place at the Crocodile ZOO Protivín. The female of Gavialis gangeticus called Ganga laid fifteen eggs. Unfortunately, at that time the male called Čambal Ganeša was “sunbathing“ at the place ready for laying the eggs and thus damaged some of them. Even though, seven big (9.5 x 6.3 cm) eggs have been left over. On all of them, white stripes are apparent revealing that they are fertilized.
Four gharials eggs, down five eggs from Crocodylus siamensis
       
Gavialis gangeticus in the Crocodile ZOO Protivín
The day of 29 October will always be recorded in the history of our zoo. On this day we accepted, directly from India, a group of Gavialis gangeticus, one of the most precious animal species on our planet. In the past, groups of young Gavialis gangeticus were transported into some of the world zoos, into the Prague ZOO for the last time. In our case, the unique transport of a breeding couple of these Gavialis gangeticus, moreover accompanied by a group of five young ones being one and half meters long was realized. In total, the group of seven Gavialis gangeticus in Protivín ZOO is the largest one in the world outside India and Nepal, which are countries of origin of these amazingly beautiful crocodiles.
The agreement on the delivery of an adult couple of Gavialis gangeticus originated within the visit of Miroslav Procházka, the zoo director, in Mádras Crocodile Bank Trust v Indii in the autumn. Romulus Whitaker, the founder of this crocodile farm and the world-known conservationist famous for his documentary programmes on the largest crocodiles and cobras recently broadcast on Czech TV Channels offered the group of Gavialis gangeticus to our zoo as an exchange for a group of Crocodylus rhombifer. This fact means appreciation of our work since a world-known institution establishing its own breeding group decided to choose crocodiles bred in our zoo. After more than three-year long administrative preparations, this exchange came true on 14th to 29th October. It resulted in the launch of breeding of Crocodylus rhombifer in India, where there had been none of this species bred yet, followed by arrival of seven Gavialis gangeticus into Protivín. The male is 4.2 m long belonging to the largest captive-bred crocodiles in Europe. The female is a bit smaller – 3.6m. This couple is accompanied with a group of five-year old young ones. Gavialis gangeticus have still been quarantined. Their transport into the exhibition area will be announced on this website.
Female Terezka
       
The Viper Queen in the Crocodile Zoo in Protivín

In these days, valuable Bitis parviocula of Ethiopia have been exhibited. Our ZOO is the first and the only one in Europe doing so. Bitis species is famous for its mightiness and lovely colours, as well as for its very long teeth and mortally dangerous poison. Next, you can see Bitis arientas, a smaller and colourful form coming from the Lake Nakuru in Kenya, and huge Bitis nasicornis from Uganda.

The Viper Queen

       
“Mister International“ Ryan Terry

On Sunday 28th August within his short stay in the Czech Republic, twenty-one year old Ryan Terry, the winner of the international competition “Mister International“, did not forget to visit the Crocodile ZOO. Ryan Terry, a former plumber, comes from Britain. Now, he has become to a symbol of a number of the international fashion houses. He visited the Zoo within his demanding program in our country. He was keen on reptiles, expressing his sincere and lively interest.

Ryan Terry in ZOO

       
Australia
The exhibition of the crocodile zoo has been enriched by 21st species - Crocodylus johnsoni from Australia. In the whole of Europe, this species is kept only in ZOO Protivín. Our visitors might also be interested in the exhibition of poisonous snakes including Naja naja, Crotalus lepidus klauberii and two kinds of so called alligator turtles - Macroclemmys temmincki and Chelydra serpentina.
Crocodylus johnsoni Alligator snapper (Macroclemmys temmincki) Indian cobra (Naja naja)
       
Hatching of Crocodylus siamensis and Mating of Crocodylus palustris

Good news for all of the Zoo visitors. Young crocodiles have been hatching. So far, the first Crocodylus siamensis of this year has been born (see the photo). This means a great success, this species is endangered critically. In the incubator, which is being located directly within the exposition, you can find eggs of both Crocodylus siamensis and those of Crocodylus rhombifer which are going to hatch in the coming weeks. Furthermore, mating of Crocodylus palustris is proceeding. These crocodiles have been mating  exclusively in the presence of visitors who can then follow the reproductive cycle, which is very rare.

Hatching of Crocodylus siamensis

       
The arrival of the Crocodylus acutus female

n 26 February, after many years, we finally received a Crocodylus acutus female, a partner to our male of the same kind, very popular James. She arrived from Ecuador. Due to the fact that she is of about one meter shorter than James, she will have to wait for several months before she gets strong enough. The event was very important which can be supported by the presence of TV team of the Czech national TV channel - CT 1. The report of this event was presented on TV the other day in the main broadcasting time.

Female Terezka

       
Protivin Crocodile Zoo
– official participant in the Phillipine Crocodile Conservation Programm

One male and three female adult Crocodylus mindorensis have been imported to the Protivin Crocodile Zoo.We visited the Philippines in February 2009 and met with responsible persons at Silliman University, Palawan Crocodile Farming Institute and others to establish a breeding loan agreement, and discussed support for Philippine biodiversity conservation projects. The Czech Crocodile Zoo also gave financial support for the building of exhibits for critically endangered Hornbill-species at the Kabankalan Rescue Center / DENR. This summer representatives of the Protivín Crocodile Zoo, Avilon Zoo and DENR signed Breeding Loan Agreement of phillipipines crocodiles. So Czech crocodile zoo has become an official participant in the Phillipine Crocodile Conservation Programm.

Phillipine crocodile

       
The Crocodile ZOO baptized its crocodile atlas
Saturday, 3 October is declared as Day of Animals. Protivin Zoo celebrated this feast by baptizing Little Picture Crocodile Atlas of Miroslav Procházka, the owner and entrepreneur of the Crocodile ZOO.
This little book is written mainly for the public. As the first picture crocodile atlas in the Czech Republic, it introduces its readers to the living crocodile species all around the world. In co-operation with IUCN, the earnings of the book sales will be used to rescue Mesangat Area in Indonesia where there are several tens of Tomistoma Schlegelii and Crocodylus Siamensis still surviving in the wildlife. Protivin ZOO has become one of the world ZOOs supporting the project of rescuing conservation station which is to be established on the rainforest area of about 6, 000 ha on Borneo up to 2012.
The baptism of the atlas was performed by RNDr. Aleš Toman, the zoologist of Jihlava ZOO, well-known for hispopular children series "Vydrýsek" or "Podivuhodná cesta ježka Aladina". The wish of successful sales of the book was rendered both by Karel Vlasák, the councillor of the South-Bohemian Region for the environment and countryside development, and by Jiří Netík, the chairman of the Committee for the Environment and Countryside Development , as well as by Jaromír Hlaváč, the Mayor of Protivín City.
The book is printed by Studio Gabreta s.r.o. České Budějovice. It is being sold for CZK 60 in Protivín ZOO and other selected bookshops. Its English version for West-European, American and Asian markets is being prepared too.
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    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.


  • 07/19 Endangered Crocodiles Conservation fund

    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).


  • 07/19 V Congreso Internacional Tropical Animal Production

    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.


Natural breeding Siamese Crocodiles - video

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