Alligator mississippiensis

Year of opening: 2019

Alligators mississippiensis have been part of the Zlín Zoo since the year 2002. Currently, we are proud to own a collection of 5 of those majestic reptiles, 4 females and 1 male. Alligators used to inhabit the terrariums which could have been found in the basement of the Zlín Chateau, those however, were not able to fulfill the zookeeping needs anymore. Thus, in 2018, our Zoo prepared a new area equipped with a capacious swimming pool and a sand beach. This spacious greenhouse is situated in the zookeeping facilities, where we are trying to create the best possible conditions for the animals to breed. With the passage of time, however, it became apparent that our visitors, and to our surprise mainly children, missed  the presence of the alligators in our zoo. For this reason, we decided to combine the restoration of the Chateau fountain with the creation of a new summer exposition for our alligators.

As a part of the whole renewal process, 6 water tanks with the total capacity of 60m3 (cubic meters) were built into the ground. The rainwater from the roof of the Chateau is directed into the tanks and later used for the operation of the whole exposition, as well as for watering.