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Safari Park Dvůr Králové is celebrating 75 years this year

14.03.2021

Safari Park Dvůr Králové is celebrating 75 years this year

  • Venue: Dvůr Králové nad Labem

In 2021, Safari Park Dvůr Králové celebrates 75 years since its foundation. Visitors can expect a number of novelties, including a renovated hippopotamus pavilion and a summer exhibition of hippos and a bridge to the safari, but also a completely new part of the complex.

As part of the celebrations, the garden decided to find historical photographs of visitors. Fans of the court Safari Park can send their memories of family albums to the e-mail propagace@zoodk.cz until June 15, 2021. They must be provided with the author's name, the most accurate date of origin and, ideally, a label with a specific memory. During the summer season, Safari Park will publish a selection of the best images on its social networks.

The jury, consisting of almost 64,000 fans of the safari park on Facebook, will then select two winners in the Animal categories: pictures of any animals from breeding in Dvůr Králové nad Labem and Others: photographs of buildings, family moments and other situations from the complex. The author of the one that internet fans give the most "likes" awaits a unique experience of a private off-road safari with a guide. The game also includes a meeting with giraffes and interesting prizes with a safari park theme.

From the zoo to the Safari Park

The Dvůr Králové Safari Park, then still a simple zoo, opened to visitors on May 9, 1946. At that time, it covered an area of ​​only 4.6 hectares and offered a view of badgers, foxes or owls around Neumann's villa. However, the number of animals increased rapidly, and in 1951 the zoo was already performing under the name East Bohemian Zoo. There was already a pavilion of exotic game in the area with monkeys or a lion named Rémus. The zoo soon became a popular destination and the second largest and most visited place of its kind in the country.

But the turning point came in 1965, when Josef Vágner became the director. He pushed for the construction of a safari, which is now a cultural monument, as well as a significant focus on African fauna. During his tenure, he organized eight expeditions to Africa, from which he imported thousands of animals. This was the basis of the legendary breeds in Dvůr, which to this day make it the most important genetic bank of African animals outside their original homeland.

The park draws on the safari park from Josef Vágner to this day, as it continues its unique breeding and returns many species to their original home. Such are, for example, equine antelopes, camphor buffaloes, adaxis, saber-horned rhinos. The rescue breeding of black rhinos, which have returned from the Court to Tanzania and Rwanda, is also world-renowned. Probably the best known are the safari park's efforts to save the northern white rhinos. Today, only two females of these rhinos are known in the world, and both were born in Dvůr.

 

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