Although the pinecone has already switched from mother’s milk to adult food, it still rides on the tail of its mother, Run Hou Tang. Starting today, between 9 and 10 am, visitors have the chance to see this European unique with their own eyes in daylight. Photo by Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

From today, visitors to the Prague Zoo can observe the female nutcracker Šiška and her parents in daylight. Newly, the night exposition of the Indonesian jungle will be shrouded in darkness until 10 o’clock.

The first nutcracker cub in Europe can now be easily seen not only as part of the current outdoor campaign, but also during the entire first hour of the zoo’s opening hours. “We cater to visitors who now have the opportunity to see the pods in full light. The new regime is also an attractive opportunity for photographers,” says the director of the Prague Zoo, Miroslav Bobek. “We had to adjust the course of the night exposure very sensitively; for a certain period of time, we moved the lights-out time by a few minutes until today, when it is already one full hour.”

The campaign with the first bred nutcracker in Europe filled public spaces throughout the Czech Republic. Photo by Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

In addition to the trio of short-tailed nutmegs, visitors to the Indonesian jungle will also get a new look at other nocturnal inhabitants for the first time: hesitating owls, clouded voles, or flying bag squirrels. They can also take advantage of the purchase of a discounted electronic ticket, which allows them to avoid the ticket office and head directly behind the pods from the turnstiles.

These days, billboards and city lights with Šiška can be seen by people in the capital and in the rest of the Czech Republic. The campaign thus emphasizes not only the first bred nutcracker in Europe as a success of the Prague Zoo, but of Czech zoos in general. Its significance far exceeds domestic borders.