151 year Moscow zoo

151 year Moscow zoo

On February 12, 1864, the Imperial Russian Society for the Acclimatization of Animals and Plants founded a zoo in Moscow. The initiator of the zoo base, the Russian zoologist Anatoly Bogdanov called it “a living open-air museum”. Moscow Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe.

The area where the old part of the zoo is located now was called Presnensky ponds - the Presnya river flowed here, Muscovites loved to walk on the meadows adjacent to it and in the gardens. It is believed that this particular site was chosen for the zoo, because it was at an accessible distance for all Muscovites.

At the time of the opening, the guests of the zoo could see 134 specimens of domestic animals, 153 specimens of wild animals and birds, and seven specimens of reptiles. The animals were mostly from those found in Russia, but there were also exotic animals - a pair of lions, two tigers, a jaguar, a leopard, a rhinoceros and an alligator.

Many animals were given a zoo by various kinds of important personalities. The Indian elephant, for example, was presented by Tsar Alexander II, and the zebra - by the Egyptian ruler Ismail Pasha.

After the revolution, the zoo was nationalized, and in 1927 the garden became known as the zoo.

The zoo worked during the Great Patriotic War, from 1941 to 1945 more than six million people visited it. Many zoo employees took care of animals, even when bombs fell on the park: they stuffed broken windows with blankets and comforted frightened animals. The site of the zoo says that some Zakusillo spouses were left with animals, even when they saw that their house was set on fire by an incendiary bomb.

In the 70s and 80s, the zoo began to deteriorate due to funding problems. The zoo's website says that “from a terrarium on the second floor, frogs fell on the heads of Amur tigers living on the first floor.”

In the 90s the situation changed, the reconstruction of the zoo began, many new animals were brought there. Reconstruction is not completed now: it is planned to build an aquarium, a terrarium, an educational center, a theater of animals and a dolphinarium.

Today, the zoo hosts many different excursions - among them, for example, an excursion about animals that nobody loves (raven, cockroach, ferret), and night excursions. The Circle of the young biologist and the "Manulata" circle for smaller children work.

Choosing an animal and concluding an agreement on charitable assistance, you can become a guardian.

Main entrance, 1920s.

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  • 151 year Moscow zoo

    151 year Moscow zoo

    151 year Moscow zoo

    151 year Moscow zoo

    151 year Moscow zoo

    151 year Moscow zoo

    151 year Moscow zoo

    151 year Moscow zoo

    151 year Moscow zoo

    151 year Moscow zoo

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