The history of Prague Zoo goes all the way back to the year 1881, when, on the occasion of the wedding of Crown Prince Rudolf and Princess Stephanie of Belgium, Count Sweerts-Sporck published an open letter in the newspapers calling for the establishment of a zoological garden in Prague. The newest information: - The new elephant exhibit is being completed - Record number of animal births – 1,557 in 211 species. Importantly, this includes the world’s first successful breeding of the crowned river turtle and the rufous-cheeked laughingthrush – as well as Prague Zoo’s first successful breeding of the red panda. - Our Komodo dragons breed again. We exchange ten of their young with zoos in the United States to secure unrelated bloodlines for the European breeding stock. - - The second “Return of the Wild Horses” takes place (four Przewalski’s horses are reintroduced into the wild in Mongolia).