During 2005 we have started with the building of several new parts of the zoo, these buildings this is an important move forward in our activities. The new buildings includes a new educational eco-centre, which is co-financed from the State fund for the Environment, together with children's playground, and runs for contact animals, which are financed from the European Union funds. Also the walk through aviary for birds from Central European forests is being built. The main part of the walkthrough aviary for charadriiformes has been finished, this we would like to open to the visitor in 2006 together with new exhibition for owls. One of the main contributors to the construction has been the promoter of the zoo, South Bohemian County Council. The expansion programme of South Bohemian County Council has financed an aviary in the new area for handicapped animals in Rozova near Temelín. Two Egyptian vultures have inhabited the renovated aviary for Birds of Prey. The Small-spotted Gene, Himalayan Snow-cock, and Trinidad Piping - Guan are birds, which belong to this years news as well as the breading of Fallow Deer
Group of Greater Flamingos has again expanded by 12 young fledglings. We were also successful with breeding the anseriformes, owls and fowl like birds, even tough the breeding of Snowcocks and Capercaillie was in the end unsuccessful. More pleasing was the breeding of mammals of Field hare, and our first breeding of a young with the reptiles, the European Northern Viper (see a table of breeding on page 18-19).
Our station for handicapped animals has this year accepted 271 different types of individual animals (as can be seen in a table on page 21-24).
For schools we offer 6 educational programmes within the area of the zoo and in the zoo's classroom, or theme tour of the zoo with a guide. We take specially prepared programmes directly to the schools to the younger children. During the summer we offer to the visitor the possibility to feed specially selected kinds of animals with a commentator. Environmental education forms a part of the theatre for the youngest viewer, which regularly takes place here during May and June. Throughout the year we prepare for our visitors several weekend activities, which include education quizzes and cultural programmes. We also joined the EAZA Turtle and Tortoise Campaign to save the „Shellshock”, where we informe our visitor and other public about the endangerment and the problems with the protection of turtles in today's world.
The long-term co-operation with South Bohemian Pedagogical Faculty, in securing teaching, has also been extended this year to the Agricultural and Biological faculty. Students from the Veterinary College carry out specialised practical work at the zoo.
The total number of visitors last year was 217 800, from these 102 452 were adults, 49 492 were with discounted entrance fee (children and pensioners) and 65 856 were non-paying visitors (mainly children up to the age of 6th).