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Breeding and Exhibition Concept



The Protivin Crocodile Zoo came into existence thanks to captive breeding programmes run privately by Miroslav Prochazka. He developed an interest in crocodiles in his early youth in the Station of Young Scientists in Pisek, where he gained basic knowledge needed for breeding crocodiles. He has been a private captive crocodile breeder since 1996; nevertheless he started to build his entire collection of crocodile species in 2000. He has been breeding and raising crocodiles successfully since 2005.
The original breeding stock was built up through facilities on his agricultural farm in Chvalsiny; the Protivin Zoo exposition part has been built since 2005. The farm at Chvalsiny remained preserved and nowadays it serves as a breeding and supply farm for the Zoo.
In January 2008, Miroslav Prochazka applied for his zoo licence to the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic, pursuant to Act 162/ 2003 Coll., and was granted the licence in May of that same year.
The exposition part itself is being built in Protivin in the historic administration building, the foundation of which dates back to the end of the 18th century. In the 19th century it served as a horse stable, a carriage stable as well as official living quarters for coachmen and was part of the Protivin Châteaux estates possessed by the Schwarzenberg family.
Following the Land Reform in the first half of the 20th century, the complex was given to the private owner who ran his joiner workshop here while other parts of the complex served as storage spaces. In 2005, the estate was bought from the owner’s lineal descents by the Zoo’s founder.


The Zoo development is being performed under strictly ecological considerations. It is not appropriate to say that the only purpose includes breeding, reproducing and exhibiting crocodiles, but also using and thereby promoting ecological technologies.
Therefore, an energy unit comprised of three geothermal heat pumps, generating a total of heat output of nearly 100 kW, was first built in the Zoo. This value matches heat resistance of the building, thus making it possible for both the planned construction of the terrariums and on the building floor to be sufficiently supplied with heat, covering nearly 2,000 m2 of the floor area intended for the crocodile sanctuary. The geothermal heat pumps draw heat from eight 120 m deep wells drilled in the Zoo ground area.
The whole construction has been divided into three phases:
The first phase, which lasted from 2005 until the beginning of 2008, meant construction of the above mentioned energy unit, i.e. the system of drills and heat pumps, administrative facilities and the first eleven terrariums intended for medium-sized crocodiles.
The project itself envisages construction of thirty terrariums providing an area of 6 m2 (for crocodile hatchlings and individual small species) up to 110 m2 (intended for breeding individuals of false gavials – Tomistoma schlegelii).
The second phase, during which large terrariums with an area of 80 up to 100 m2 are being built, has been ongoing since June 2008.
The third phase, during which terrariums on the building floor will be built, is set for completion in 2012.

Breeding and Exhibition Concept

The fully realized, integrated design exhibition concept aims to exhibit all 23 extant crocodile species. This concept has also designed to include the construction of the zoological museum, in which there will be osteological and also a small number of dermoplastic preparations of not only crocodiles.
In terms of breeding, emphasis has been put on compiling breeding groups of endangered and critically endangered crocodile species, being part not only of the entire exhibition, but also on the farm to make sure these animals have optimal conditions for reproduction.
Nowadays such breeding groups have been formed, comprising five (Alligator sinensis, Crocodylus siamensis, Crocodylus rhombifer, Crocodylus mindorensis, Tomistoma schlegelii) out of seven endangered and critically endangered species, while two of them (C. rhombifer and C. siamensis) have already been taken for captive reproduction.

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Our successful breeding - Gavialis gangeticus.

The first breeding of the most endangered species of crocodile - Indian gavials (Gavialis gangeticus) in the world - inside - has succeeded in the Crocodile ZOO Protivin . On May 4, 2017 hatched a total of 14 small and healthy Indian gavials. We were successful after six years of working with gavials...


Unique in the ZOO - Gavialis gangeticus laid eggs...

Gavialis gangeticus laid eggs. Protivin Crocodile ZOO is the only in the world where the critically endengered Indian gavial(Gavialis gangeticus) laid eggs in the breeding conditions in temperate zones. The Indian gavials laid their first eggs on April 2012 (in Protivin Crocodile ZOO) – shortly after were imported from India – was evident that fertilization has occured in India. After 5 years – the female Ganga laid 20 eggs on March 6th,2017. Eggs are deposited in incubators and everything suggest that at least some of them are fertilized. 

Our successful breeding Crocodylus mindorensis

In 2013 we The Phillippine crocodiles laid eggs  2.5.2013 and 84 day later 7 youngs hatched in Protivín Zoo. In the same day but other year, 2.5.2015 the another female  of Phillippine crocodile  laid eggs again. This year we waited for youngs crocodile 79 days, and one young of phillippine crocodile was born in our zoo. 


Hatching of the spectacled caiman

On October 8, 2014 spectacled caiman young hatched right at the exposition at our zoo.

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Autumn and Winter Time in the ZOO

We prepared for You very interesting program in Autumn and Winter. You can see the crocodile´s feeding and you can take picture with small crocodile. Don´t let it miss.


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.


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.



We cordially invite you to a new exhibition of exceptional animals called White Death.

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Crocodile ZOO welcomed 40,000th visitor

The crocodile ZOO welcomed its 40,000th visitor on Saturday October 26, 2013.


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

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Crocodylus mindorensis

the rarest crocodiles of the World hatched in Protivín Crocodile ZOO.

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Crocodile ZOO celebrated its 5th anniversary of its opening

Crocodile ZOO celebrated its anniversary July, 5 in 2013


First young animals of this year were born

The crocodile ZOO is bigger of 18 new broods of crocodylus siamensis


The world rarest crocodile - philippine crocodile /crocodylus mindorensis/ - laid its eggs

Philippine crocodile female has laid eggs in the zoo, for the first time in Europe

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The Easter gifts for the zoo

The female of Crocodylus siamensis laid the eggs before Easter


Female crocodylus palustris laid the eggs

In the morning on 5th of March, there was a big surprise waiting for us

Section crocodiles and false gavials

Severe toil at the zoo

another part of this successful program filmed a television crew TV Prima Cool with us.


We have another addition

Caiman crocodilus was given the name Lucky


Recording Jackass for MTV

Director Ivanna Benešová recorded in our zoo

Celý štáb s režisérkou Ivannou Benešovou

Day of endangered crocodiles

You help too... thank's

Ředitel zoo předává šek na 25.000 Kč Ralfu Sommerladovi

Trail of courage through crocodiles

The big farewell with holiday


Rey Koranteng & crododiles

Famous moderator in zoo

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Visitors saw hatching of crocodiles

We have success - birth of crocodylus siamensis (24th July 2012)

Ošetřovatel Jan Sobotka ukazuje návštěvníkům právě se líhnoucí mládě krokodýla siamského

Minutes from the region - Czech TV

White american alligator has come to the Czech Republic

Albino alligator

New exhibition open

New exhibitions in the zoo and the crocodile farm will be ceremonially opened on 27 June 2012

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The first Mugger crocodile in Europe

Our zoo has succeeded in something no other establishment of this kind in Europe has done...

První mládě krokodýla bahenního narozené v Evropě, 8.června 2012