The Prague Zoo plans to invest more than 620 million crowns in the next five years, of which Prague will pay around 100 million crowns, the rest will be financed by the garden itself. This follows from the medium-term concept approved today by the city council. Most of the money will go to the reconstruction of the mammalian pavilion, it will cost almost 250 million crowns.
The pavilion for large mammals, the so-called Amazon, will be created by rebuilding the pavilion, which housed elephants until this year. “The zoo has commissioned an architectural competition for the shape of the Amazon for two million crowns,” said councilor Helena Chudomelová (TOP 09). The construction should be completed by 2017. The garden then wants to breed manatees.
The Afrika restaurant in the northern part of the complex will cost over 23 million crowns. The zoo will pay more than 17 million for the pavilion of giant trees. A large investment in the future will be an exhibition of Nordic animals worth 200 million crowns. However, the zoo plans to build the construction after 2017, according to the concept.
The biggest investment in recent years is the construction of a modern pavilion for elephants and hippos, which cost 519 million crowns. Most of the costs were paid by Prague. The pavilion will open next year.
The zoo is a contributory organization of the city. Last year, it made a profit of 26.8 million crowns after tax, which is five million crowns more than in 2010. At the entrance fee, which is the most significant part of the zoo’s income, it received 131.7 million crowns. A record 1.37 million people visited the garden last year. According to critics, this year’s attendance will be marked by a significant increase in admission prices.