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Prague Zoological Garden – the Exposition of Australian Fauna
We have created Darwin Crater and the new habitat for Tasmanian devils and kangaroos in Prague ZOO
The new exposition of Australian and Tasmanian fauna in Prague ZOO was opened at the turn of May and June.
On the plot between the Reed Pavilion, the Lemur Island, and the Bororo Reserve, we created an environment similar to the Tasmanian Darwin Crater, in which enclosures of bear devils, better known as the Tasmanian Devil, kangaroos, and egg-bearing hedgehogs, are set.
A new exposition was created in Prague Zoo, near the historic main building and the new visitor center in the lower part of the zoo. Covering an area of more than four thousand square meters, brings visitors closer to animal life in Australia and Tasmania.
The new building, which replaced the old crane enclosure and the bird exhibition, the so-called Pheasant House, forms one unit copying Darwin’s Crater in Tasmania. The 700-800 thousand-year-old crater, located off the west coast of Tasmania in Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, was and still is the home to many endangered animals. Among them, for example, the devil bears or Tasmanian devils. As the Prague exhibition can show some of the most giant carnivorous marsupials originating directly from Tasmania, the environment should allow visitors to watch the animals in an environment that is very similar to their home.
The Crater is designed to connect to the existing slope, and, when viewed from the top of the zoo, it blends in with the terrain. In the Australian fauna exposition, we built a total of eight separate expositions. Most of them offer both an inner and an outer part with an enclosure for animals.
In the closed part of the Zoo with the Crater, there are several expositions, where visitors can take a closer look at the rare animals from Tasmania. Specifically, there are enclosures for bear devils, parma wallabies, and cape barren geese. At the entrance to the Crater, there are aviaries representing other animals typical for Australia. A walk-through aviary shows the Australian wetland and its animals. In the second aviary, visitors will get acquainted with the Australian bush. In the western part, there is a very spacious passage of hill and swamp wallabies (kangaroos).
Completed in the year 2020
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