If you are planning a visit to Moscow (with your children), there are quite a few opportunities both for you and for your children. And Moscow Zoo is one of them.
The Moscow Zoological garden was founded by the All-Russia Emperor Society for Acclimatization of Plants and Animals in the middle of XIX century. Throughout its more than 100-year history the zoo experienced its ups and downs, it was almost destroyed after the Revolution, and after the collapse of the Soviet Union and economic crisis of the 1990-es it was in need of major repairs, but the city authorities have been doing their best to support the zoo, so it has been doing pretty well recently, the whole territory has been renovated and when I was there last time I noticed that there were more renovations taking place and I see on the website that there are even more renovations planned in the near future.
Moscow zoo is involved in several scientific projects in order to preserve genetic diversity of the animals of Northern Eurasia. The zoo has a new territory in Volokolamsk and a new Rare Species Breeding Center is being built there now. Creating the Zoo Museum is also in the plans.
The main source for support of the Moscow zoo has been the Moscow City Budget. However, in the recent years the zoo has started the Animal Adoption Program, so that any animal lover can help the zoo in its work by paying for the food and care for the chosen animal. Quite a few people and organization are already involved in the program, but not all animals are adopted yet.
So what animals will you see there? A lot actually. There are more than 5000 animals.
The first thing you’ll see after you enter the zoo is a huge pond with lots of fish and birds coming from various geographical zones. There are special houses built for the birds during their nesting period. After their offsprings are born, the rare birds are moved to special enclosures where crows can’t hurt the little ones. Here you will see quite a few kinds of geese, ducks and swans. Flamingos a bit farther away in the shallow waters of the pond. The first flamingos came to the zoo back in 1980s, and most of those first birds are still alive!
Wild cats are some of the most popular animals in Moscow Zoo. The exhibit shows white tigers and jaguars, snow leopards, the Amur leopards, lynxes, caracals and cheetahs, the fastest cats in the world. People often find white tigers and cheetahs especially fascinating. You will love white tigers. Most people think they are albinos, but they aren’t. It’s a color variation of the Bengal tigers. As for cheetahs, you can never get tired watching them. They are so elegant, so graceful, and so beautiful. Continue reading