The Ostrava Zoo is specifically:
• 100 hectares of forest with free-roaming animals such as rabbits, deer, etc.
• Open paddocks with low barriers
• Plenty of rare and often easily frightened small animals
In the past, we have had many unpleasant experiences. Dogs often attacked smaller species of deer, most of them did not survive this attack. In a closed-range, the deer didn’t have a chance. We do not want to fence-in our animals, on the contrary, we would like there to be as few fences as possible.
The biggest loss we had suffered was when a dog ran into the flamingo‘s paddock. Although it was only for fun and none of them were bit, the final effect was terrible - 11 flamingos died due to stress. In addition to the financial loss (at the time, a flamingo cost about CZK 80,000), for years afterward we failed to reproduce flamingos.
For the above reasons, and based on negative experiences, we do not allow entry of dogs into the Ostrava Zoo.
This prohibition does not apply to dogs that are assisting and guiding.