TripAdvisor ranks Prague Zoo among world’s best
Prague has moved to number four on the Travelers’ Choice awards of zoos and aquariums put out by travel website TripAdvisor.
It was number seven on the 2014 list, meaning it moved up three spots. The San Diego Zoo came in number on this year, also moving up one spot.
Prague Zoo this year was also ranked second in Europe, after Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz, Spain.
TripAdvisor bases its list on input for vacationers and travelers. The zoo list does not take into account the opinions of zoo professionals.
The zoos were ranked with an algorithm that evaluated “the quantity and quality of reviews for zoos and aquariums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period,” according to TripAdvisor.
“The Travelers’ Choice awards are recognizing the top zoos and aquariums around the world that are the favorites of the TripAdvisor community,” Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, said in a press release. “Travelers visiting these award-winning attractions can get a close look and learn about the magnificent creatures that inhabit the world around us.”
Prague Zoo opened in 1931 in the city’s Troja district next to the Vltava River. The zoo occupies 58 hectares and houses about 4,800 animals that represented more than 690 species, including 133 species listed as critically endangered.
It was largely rebuilt and modernized after the devastating floods in 2002, with several new pavilions opening since them. A new pavilion with Chinese giant salamanders, the world’s biggest amphibian, opened in the Prague Zoo in 2014 with the 155 cm-long male salamander Karlo as the main attraction. The salamanders are highly endangered.
A large new Elephant Valley pavilion opened in 2013. A new exhibition for fur seals with a larger swimming pool and a grandstand was opened in 2009. The largest and most expensive Czech animal pavilion, Indonesian Jungle, opened in 2004.
The zoo has also been involved in efforts to save Przewalski’s horse and is the biggest breeder of the species in the world. Recently it has sent several of these horses to be released in the wild in Mongolia.
The zoo, with 1.4 million visitors was the second-most visited tourist site in the Czech Republic in 2014 after Prague Castle. Forbes Traveler Magazine in 2007 listed Prague Zoo as the seventh-best in the world.
Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Zoos in the World
|Zoos – World 2015||Zoos – World 2014|
|1. San Diego Zoo – San Diego, California||1. Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska|
|2. Loro Parque – Puerto de la Cruz, Spain||2. San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California|
|3. Singapore Zoo – Singapore||3. Loro Parque, Puerto de la Cruz, Spain|
|4. Prague Zoo – Prague, Czech Republic||4. St. Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, Missouri|
|5. Tiergarten Schoenbrunn – Zoo Vienna – Vienna, Austria||5. Singapore Zoo, Singapore|
|6. Henry Doorly Zoo – Omaha, Nebraska||6. Chester Zoo, Chester, United Kingdom|
|7. Chester Zoo – Chester, United Kingdom||7. Prague Zoo, Prague, Czech Republic|
|8. St. Louis Zoo – Saint Louis, Missouri||8. Tiergarten Schoenbrunn – Zoo Vienna, Vienna, Austria|
|9. Zoological Wildlife Foundation – Miami, Florida||9. Bioparc Valencia, Valencia, Spain|
|10. ZooParc de Beauval – Saint Aignan, France||10. Gramado Zoo, Gramado, Brazil|