So, a number of people have recently posted of their forthcoming summer zoo trips. Each July, at the end of the academic year, I like to head off for a few days of European zooing; with 2016 having, thus far, been a pitiful year for zoo-going (partly for personal reasons, partly because the weather has been so awful) I am especially looking forward to my 2016 trip. It will be five days in the Czech Republic, in early July. Flights are booked, and car rental arranged, but that aside plans are fairly loose. Last summer I visited the country, and saw some of the northern zoos (Decin, Usti, Liberec, Chomutov, Dvur Kralove, Zajezd), as well as Jihlava, Olomouc and Brno. This year I will be mainly concentrating on the other end of the country. Definites Zlin and Ostrava. I visited these two in 1995, and I suspect that they will each be unrecognisable from that time. Certainly, two of the best zoos in the country, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them - I would imagine for a whole day each. Probables Hodonin - not been before, and would like to see it while in that area. Jihlava - went last year, and had a bad visit: a really hot day, rather crowded, and I was rushing to catch a flight. I didn't like it at all - but I hope that under more favourable conditions I might appreciate it rather more. Prague - even if just for a few hours, on arrival or departure. One of the best, of course. Possibles Dvur Kralove - disappointingly, the zoo accommodation is booked up for the week I am in the country, which makes a visit there less likely: part of the appeal is being able to sneak into the zoo at 5.00 in the morning. Olomouc - a pretty poor zoo, but it's on the way to Ostrava, so it might be rude not to pop in... Brno - it's on the way, and is rather good (in parts) - although I don't think a great deal will have changed since last year. Vienna / Bratislava - neither is an enormous distance from the southern Czech Republic, and I have not been to them for more than 20 years. It's pretty tempting - although there is a part of me that would prefer to stay in one country, and do that "properly". Tabor / Protovin / Hluboka / Dvorec - might be possible to see several (or all!) of these in one day, if the sacrifice of one "good" zoo is worth seeing a handful of new places. Prague Terrarium - although trying to get information about this one is tricky! Unlike @Snowleopard, who is meticulously well-planned with his trips, I will probably not decide the finer points of the trip until the moment. My criteria will be to see some great zoos, and some new zoos I have not visited before, and to have the chance to read lots, listen to Bruce Springsteen bootlegs on my ipod at top volume, drink Czech beer, and not really talk to anybody for five days - perfect!