Zoo Jihlava


City: Jihlava
Country: Czech Republic
Province: Vysocina Region
Opend 1957


Species 146


Tigers belongs to the specialization of Jihlava Zoo. Beside its breeding other felines, monkeys and reptiles. It has the largest collection marmosets in the country and is one of the few in the country that keeps poisonous snakes. 24 kinds of endangered species are registered in the Red Data Book among them the majority of cats (eg, Sumatran tiger, Persian  leopard, the snow leopard, and  tree ocelot), primates (lemurs, gibbons , macaques or representatives of the family tamarins), turtles, snakes and the Malaysian Bear, which is the smallest of the bears in the world. 17 kinds are included in the European Endangered Species Programmes (EEP). Visitors can go inside exotariums with exposures of monkeys and reptiles and a Amazona pavilion, where the piranhas, tamarins, marmosets, golden lion tamarin, and sloth are waiting. The third pavilion include feline species.

Last visited 2012

Phone number 567573730
Fax number 567573728
Address: Zoo Jihlava, Brezinovy sady 10, 58601 Jihlava, Czech Republic
E-mail: jizoo@zoojihlava.cz

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Open : minimum 9am-4pm

Entrace fee:

  • Adult 120,- CZK
  • Child 70,- CZK
  • Senior from 60 years 80,- CZK

Annual card*

  • Adult 690,- CZK
  • Child 420,- CZK

* Every Annual card has a 50,- CZK fee for getting the annual card for the first time

For kids: Playgrounds and pettingarea

Food: The Zoo has a place where you can get a snack


The town of Jihlava is surrounded by a romantic landscape Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. The axis of the city is the Jihlava River, which enters the town on its 146 km, the city takes on river right Jihláva. The highest point above sea height is 671 m the lowest point of the river 469 m. In the picturesque valley of the river began to rise Jihlavka picnic spot for the citizens of the city. The oldest part was called Little Heulosem planting steep hillsides in the year 1824, later Big Heulos was added. Since 1945 it was called BĹ™ezinovy. The zoo began here in 1957 on the initiative of several local zoo enthusiasts. The construction of the first exposure of birds, which got great public acclaim, helped the then inspector of the National Culture Committee Oldrich Vavra. The current specialization in felines probably started back when visiting circus offered to sell the caravan with a couple of lions. Another beast was a bear, which at Barrandov ended its "film career". Under the leadership of Henry Weise a bear enclosure , a large aviary for birds of prey, a pond for waterfowl and enclosures for ungulates was built, which apart from yaks and ponies captured camels. Unfortunately, the zoo came under the management of the Park of Culture and Leisure. In 1960 Joseph Vitasek became its leader , under whose leadership was a network of simple cages, monkeys pavilion and the pavilion of beasts was built. But when he died in 1966, leaving no facilities for leadership and its condition deteriorated. Animals lacked attractive, money and visitors. In the autumn of 1967 Vladislav Jirousek came to the Zoo. Shortly thereafter, however, the town council decided to close the zoo. Almost miraculously at the last minute the decision was reversed . He developed the first study of development for the zoo and began with the reconstruction of existing facilities and new species were added. The status of the zoo was slowly improving. Attendance of the original twenty thousand doubled. Rare species of animals were gradually collected and enclosures became more attractive. Gradually they also managed to change the negative views of the citizens on the existence of the city zoo. In 1982 the Ministry of Culture granted the zoo status of a real zoo. After fifteen years the efforts of Mr. Vladislav Jiroušek was appointed its first director. He began to write a new chapter in the existence of the zoo and a very distinctive style. Functionally obsolete equipment has undergone extensive reconstruction. Without neglected functionality, emphasis was placed on the aesthetic aspect. Applied to natural materials - wood, stone. Lattices gradually replaced the cages. Especially with the advent of new political situation took a turn full development of the zoo. Improved technical support, extended staff. After the site was built substandard cages koplex relatively large natural enclosures for leopards and features, the Jihlava Zoo has become a zoo without bars. Improved conditions are still manifested in the offspring. The species composition of growing and deepening specialization while at the zoo especially keeping reptiles, small cats and monkeys. The device is capable and adequate conditions for breeding and reproduction of endangered species and is involved in various international breeding programs. Extended exposure, several smaller buildings and improve the technical conditions in the pavilions allow visitors a full tour regardless of the weather. Great emphasis is placed on aesthetics, comfort and impeccable service to visitors. The garden became a place of relaxation and learning. Non-traditional playground, summer restaurants and boutique facilities contributed to the garden, like modern toilets for visitors. Reconstruction of the pool, laying paving, information system or landscaping are just a little icing on the cake, presented and gratefully appreciated by professionals and the visiting public. Its ambitious conceptual work Jihlava Zoo found among the leading zoos. Most importantly, gained the favor of visitors, residents support the city and especially the understanding of leaders and members of political parties. This is the result of our years of work.

Construction: Opening the Amazon Pavilion, the start of construction enclosures for penguins and otters.
Significant breeding: Serval and different species of tamarins

Arrivals animals: Ceylon leopard and Gila Monster

Construction: Enclosure for penguins and otters, a bar on the roof of the pavilion Amazon
Significant breeding: Emperor Tamarin and pygmy hippopotamus
Arrivals Animal: Humboldt Penguin , two-toed sloth, South American tapir

Construction: Completion of outdoor enclosures for otters.
Significant breeding: Snow Leopard, Two-toed sloth and Cuban iguana
Other: For the first time exceeded the threshold of 200 000 visitors.

Construction: Winter quarters for recreational water birds with shelter for visitors to start construction of the natural range of features.
Significant breeding: Damara zebra, red ruffed lemur and South American tapir.
Other: Completion of the extension study at Jihlava Zoo.

Construction: New operating building, including the access service road, complete range of features, launching the first phase of river regulation Jihlavka building wall of wire baskets, adjustment rings for ungulates - fencing replaced by barriers of stone blocks.
Significant breeding: a small clawed otter

Construction: The prospect of exposure the manul, free outdoor enclosure for cotton-topped tamarins, start building the African village.
Significant breeding: First Gila Monster rearing in European zoos.
Arrivals animals: Greater Flamingo and spurred tortoise

Construction: Matongo African village, a tower with a water slide, complete utilities in the new complex.
Significant breeding: Snow Leopard, black gibbon, Arab cat (1.1)and the GILA MONSTER.
Arrivals animals: Banded mongoose

Construction: Opening of a new parking lot, bridge demolition and construction of a new footbridge across the river Jihláva, restaurant reconstruction, installation of steel mesh enclosures for leopards, starting construction of a new entrance area.
Significant breeding: Greater Flamingo.
Arrivals animals: Red Coati

Following an appeal by Vladislav Jirouška Elizabeth Kubik takes over as director

Construction: Coati enclosure, exposure for european otters.
Significant breeding: Greater flamingo, flying fox, the first Persian leopard breeding of Jihlava, Arabic cat
Arrivals animals: rat opossum, brown capuchins, Meerkat
Other: Visitor record 241 000 people

Construction: Completion of a new entrance area - including cash, food and quarters for the meerkats and tans for the north, build a new main road connecting the old and new part of the zoo, night exposure fordwarf makis , quarters and the last stage of the Jihlava zoo fence.
Significant breeding: Ceylon Leopard - the first breeding in Jihlava, sloth, Pygmy hippo, Greater rheas

Construction: The enclosure for the meerkats, the appearance of the pavilion and the hippo enclosure, Noah's Ark - game feature, the new interior of the pavilion, the start of construction for the bear enclosures, seasonal enclosures for birds.
Significant breeding: Persian leopard, damara zebra, dwarf maki, golden flying fox, hedgehog, oriental otter
Other: celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Jihlava Zoo, General Meeting of the Union of Czech and Slovak Zoo, visitors record 265 000 people.

Construction: Completion of the enclosure for sun bears, construction of a pavilion for small Asian birds, quarters and an aviary for Hyacinth macaws, rebuilding the playground.
Significant breeding: Golden Lion tamarin, manul for the first time in Jihlava Zoo, black lemur , meerkat, sloth, military macaw
Arrivals animals: Clouded Rat , silvery marmoset, Hyacinth macaw, sloth, Ostrich

Construction: Opening enclosure for sun bears, reconstruction aviarys for small cats.
Offspring: Snow Leopard, Persian leopard, Ceylon leopard, military macaw, silvery marmoset - the first in the Czech Republic, Jungle Cat
Arrivals animals: Sun Bear Malaysian, seriema
Other: Visitor record 267 283 people!

Construction: Sound Park Hokkaido, the transformation of the original Amazon pavilion in the pueblo - Hacienda Escondido, aviary for military macaws, guinea pig run, the second stage of adjustment for small cats.
Bred by: sloth, ostrich, flamingo, Clouded rat , manul
Arrivals animals: Yemen chameleon


Taking photos: Is allowed, if publiciesed, please mention the zoo on your homepage

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After we have been paying the entrance fee we first meet the cute meerkats. Following the road to the mainpart of the zoo and pass the shetland ponys and som avarys. Then we se the house for the cotton-topped tamarins and passing the zooshop and the 2nd entrance. Right nexxt door we have the enclosures for the seals and the oriental otters, opposite is the house for the big cats.  Beside we finde som turtoise and some storkes. Theire neighbours are the snow leopards and the red panda. In this area we also finde the coatis, the raccoons and the european otters. Behind them is a large lake with pelicans and ring-tailed lemurs. After passing the pampas-area we enter the big African area with flamingos, goats, lemurs and a small noctural house where bushbabays and bats are jumping and flying around you. Now going back we go inside the the house for monkeys and reptiles. The we turn left, on the top we have the home for the lynx, downstairs we finde the sun bear and next to them several small cats. Opposite we have the kangaroos, babirusa and the macaws. The last enclosures are for zebras, ostriches, llamas and pigmy hippos

DE: Dieser kleine zoo auf der Grenze zwischen Mähren und Böhmen hat eine gute samlung von katzen, aber zeigt auch seltenheiten wie den Hirscheber und den Malayenbär

DK: Denne lille have har en god samling af kattedyr, og viser ligeledes rariteter som hjortesvinetog malaybjørnen

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