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On February 15, the Moscow Zoo will start celebrating its anniversary. It was opened 150 years ago (in 1864) by decree of Alexander II.
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Rossiyskaya Gazeta

On February 15, the Moscow Zoo will start celebrating its anniversary. It was opened 150 years ago (in 1864) by decree of Alexander II.
The Russian capital’s zoo was established in a city park designed for strolling along the Presnenskiye Ponds. Back then, it was the first zoo in the Russian Empire, now it’s one of the largest zoos in the world.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta

The Russian capital’s zoo was established in a city park designed for strolling along the Presnenskiye Ponds. Back then, it was the first zoo in the Russian Empire, now it’s one of the largest zoos in the world.
Anatoly Bogdanov, professor of zoology and anthropology at Moscow University, was one of the main initiators for the zoo’s creation. He called it a “living museum in the open air.”

Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Anatoly Bogdanov, professor of zoology and anthropology at Moscow University, was one of the main initiators for the zoo’s creation. He called it a “living museum in the open air.”
When the Moscow Zoo was opened, it had 134 domestic animals, 153 wild animals and birds, and 7 reptiles. Muscovites’ favorite exotic animals were the lions, leopard, and rhinoceros.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta

When the Moscow Zoo was opened, it had 134 domestic animals, 153 wild animals and birds, and 7 reptiles. Muscovites’ favorite exotic animals were the lions, leopard, and rhinoceros.
Today Moscow’s collection of mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians is one of the largest and most unique in the world. It contains 8000 animals from 1000 species.

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Today Moscow’s collection of mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians is one of the largest and most unique in the world. It contains 8000 animals from 1000 species.
The zoo lived through some hard times during the Russian Revolution and World War II. However, people who truly loved animals worked here. They kept watch of their pets around the clock, even when incendiary bombs fell on the city. They brought blankets from their homes to cover the enclosures’ broken windows and comforted the animals during airstrikes.

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The zoo lived through some hard times during the Russian Revolution and World War II. However, people who truly loved animals worked here. They kept watch of their pets around the clock, even when incendiary bombs fell on the city. They brought blankets from their homes to cover the enclosures’ broken windows and comforted the animals during airstrikes.
In the 1990s, the Moscow Zoo started reconstruction. 50 new sites were built during the process. Due to the enormous construction efforts, it became difficult to hold the animals, some of which had to be temporarily transferred to other zoos, including those in neighboring countries. Some of the monkeys were transferred to the Ukrainian zoo.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta

In the 1990s, the Moscow Zoo started reconstruction. 50 new sites were built during the process. Due to the enormous construction efforts, it became difficult to hold the animals, some of which had to be temporarily transferred to other zoos, including those in neighboring countries. Some of the monkeys were transferred to the Ukrainian zoo.
The new exhibits displayed rare animals that had not previously been displayed in zoos, like Asiatic lions, Grevy’s zebras, South African giraffes, and Indian elephant.

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The new exhibits displayed rare animals that had not previously been displayed in zoos, like Asiatic lions, Grevy’s zebras, South African giraffes, and Indian elephant.
The zoo participates in many international programs for maintaining and breeding rare animal species and exchanges animals with many zoos throughout the world.

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The zoo participates in many international programs for maintaining and breeding rare animal species and exchanges animals with many zoos throughout the world.
Samson the Giraffe, a male reticulated giraffe, is one of the Moscow Zoo’s symbols.

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Samson the Giraffe, a male reticulated giraffe, is one of the Moscow Zoo’s symbols.
February 14, 2014
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