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Beyond Timur and Amur: Symbols of Russian zoos

While the world buzzes about the Timur and Amur bromance, other Russian zoos have plenty of other potential heroes.
By Alexey Mosko
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The friendship between the tiger Amur and the goat Timur, living together in a safari park outside the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok, has been covered by almost all global media.
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Despite the fact that the buddies are currently separated, Timur and Amur have become symbols of the Far East region, and perhaps one of the most recognizable Russian brands.
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Other Russian zoos have their own symbols as well. Founded in 1864, Moscow Zoo is one of the oldest in the country.
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30 years ago the zoo chose its resident manul (Pallas’s cat), a rare Central Asian wild cat, as its symbol. A non-trivial decision.
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Leningrad Zoo in St.Petersburg is just a year younger than its cousin in Moscow.
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In the 1930s it was the first zoo where polar bears mated in captivity.
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The choice of symbol was obvious.
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Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg) Zoo underwent hard times during WWII. //A view of Königsberg Cathedral
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Only four animals survived the war, among them was the hippopotamus Hans, who was saved by the Soviet vet Vladimir Polonsky.
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The zoo now is home to several hippos, which are officially the symbols of the zoological garden.
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Novosibirsk Zoo in Western Siberia is one of Russia's largest (63 ha or 155 ac) and most populated wildlife parks.
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Its mascot is the gorgeous snow leopard.
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Founded in 2008, the zoo in Izhevsk (around 1000km east of Moscow) is still very young, but already boasts some rare species.
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It is the only place in Russia to hold white arctic wolves. No wonder this harsh yet beautiful beast is the zoo's symbol.
February 10, 2016
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