Crocodile Zoo: Cuddle a Baby Alligator
Crocodile Zoo: stand eye to eye with an alligator and cuddle a baby crocodile. If you want to see crocodiles up close, visit Crocodile Zoo in Prague and see dangerous caimans and alligators from behind glass in this mini-zoo. All animals in this crocodile paradise were born in captivity. This mini zoo regularly exchanges crocodiles with the Zoo in Berlin.
The owner has been licensed to keep crocodiles in Prague provided the reptiles are not just on show but that he also offers an educational programme about crocodiles. When you have seen enough alligators and caimans, you can visit the permanent exhibition of large format photos of exotic animals taken by Czech wildlife photographers.
Where to Find Crocodile Zoo?
Crocodile Zoo is in Holesovice, a district of Prague north of the historic centre. The zoo is located on the first floor of a commercial building and feels as if you have stepped into the tropics. The hot and humid air duplicates the natural habitat of these reptiles. About thirty types of caimans, crocodiles and alligators live here in glass shelters. They are from Cuba, Belize, Yucatan, China, Egypt and West Africa. Small risres ensure that children can stand face to face with the reptiles.
What do Crocodiles Do All Day?
Nothing. Their bodies are motionless as they float in the water or lie immobile on dry land. You can see from close how the crocodile retracts its eyes – just like a car retracts its headlights – when it has seen enough. Sometimes they are difficult to spot as they float in the water and are almost invisible but for their eyes and often the tip of their snouts. However, they may suddenly make a loud noise and jump up against the glass partition and terrify children and adults and bang against the glass.
How Do the Crocodiles Get to the First Floor?
The crocodiles are brought upstairs in a sturdy wooden box with air holes and sight holes protected with unbreakable glass. This box is on show in the crocodile mini zoo.
When to Visit Crocodile Zoo
Your visit should coincide with the feeding time. The crocodile keeper will share all kinds of interesting details about crocodiles, what they eat, where they live and how they catch their prey. The only snag is that it is in Czech. After the talk, you can hold a baby crocodile in your hands and cuddle the leathery animal.
Feeding times: Saturday and Sunday at 10.30 and 14.00
Address: Krokodýlí Zoo Praha / Crocodile Zoo Prague
Praag 7, Holesovice
Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 16.00, Saturday 10.00 – 17.30, Sunday 10.00-17.00
Photos Marianne Crone