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Chleby ZOO

ZOO Chleby

Kids love trips to zoos! ZOO Chleby offers special tours for school children, youth and families.

Chleby ZOO has a friendly family atmosphere. The environment is very safe for children, which are also very close to the animals. Staff provides educational interpretation and information on endangered species of animals.

About the ZOO - history

ZOO Chleby was founded on June 5, 1997. The Zoo arose on foundations of previous private collection of animals, which Dana and René Franěk used to have in Úvaly near Prague. As the collection was expanding by attractive exotic species (Red-tailed Amazon, Hyacinth Macaw, Great Indian Hornbill, Green-billed Toucan, etc.), the interest of pubic to see them grew. Many often visited to watch rare Pheasants, Cranes, Parrots, Toucans, etc. Small garden area by the family house was soon not large enough and it was necessary to look for a new place - not for private breeding,  but with a goal of building a small private zoo.

In 1997 was chosen a long uninhabited and unused, heavily damaged manse in a small village Chleby (near Nymburk). With intensive work of the Franěk family and help of their friends, the zoo was gradually built up. Pheasants (including Crested Fireback, Great Argus, Tragopans...), birds of prey, Rhinoceros Hornbills, etc. from the beginning wide range of flora was also present.photo from era of the begining of the zoo.

Many visitors quickly found their way to the zoo and the number kept growing. In 2004 the zoo became full member of EARAZA (Eurasian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and was first private zoo in the country (after-revolution) to obtain license by the Ministry of the Environment. Already in the first yeas of its existence the zoo achieved remarkable successes in breeding - for example repeated breeding of Rhinoceros Hornbill, first to breed Temminck’s Tragopan in the country, and first to breed See-see Partridge and Caucasian Grouse on the world.

In next years the zoo thanks to its own efforts as well as of efforts of numerous volunteers dynamically expanded. Species of animals were diversificated and added were children’s zoo, pavilion “Angkor Wat” (for Gibbons), giant fresh water aquarium “Elbe”, cheetah pavilion “Livingstone House”, collection of concrete sculptures displaying recently (currently) extinct animals, displays of Meerkats, Ring-tailed Lemurs, etc. Significantly was also improved infrastructure and customer service.

Zoo with its area of only 0.8 hectares  belonged among the smallest in the country. However, that has changed, too. In 2008 was bought a land of past field with size of 3.6 hectares, located just across the road of the zoo. Administrative processes took few years before it was possible to build and expand the zoo. First was built a parking lot, planted thousands of trees and bushes, realized engineering sites, and by the end of 2012 a first animals were added - Camels. In the following year, thanks to grant received by the Ministry of Agriculture, began constructions of modern environmental center in traditional barn style and large playground. More works are fully undergoing. Zoo is constantly growing and still keeps visitor affable with friendly, even family atmosphere. More than 70 species form all continents (except Antarctica) and numerous plants (i.e bamboos) are to be seen there.

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