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Saturday, 6 August 2016

6 August 2016. Animal Funnies… From Germany, Via the RuNet

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This image is all over the RuNet, but it’s originally from Germany. The Tierpark Hagenbeck was one of the first zooparks to use moats instead of barred cages to separate the animals from the public. As for the pun, I couldn’t resist it… yeah, I know it’s bad, but I needed a cheap laugh after a nasty-ass day at work…

BMD

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

RBTH Presents: Moscow Zoopark: Keeping Giraffes Safe for 150 Years

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On 15 February, the Moscow Zoopark will begin its 150th anniversary celebration. It opened in 1864 under a decree issued by Tsar Aleksandr II Nikolayevich.

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The zoo began in a city park designed for strolling along the Patriarch’s Ponds in Presnensky Raion in Moscow. Back then, it was the first zoo in the Russian Empire, now, it’s one of the largest zoos in the world.

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Anatoly Bogdanov, professor of zoölogy and anthropology at Moscow University, was one of the main initiators for the zoo’s creation. He called it an “open-air living museum”.

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00 Moscow Zoopark 04.18.02.14

When the Moscow Zoopark opened, it had 134 domestic animals, 153 wild animals and birds, and 7 reptiles. Muscovites’ favourites amongst the exotic animals were lions, leopards, and the rhinoceros.

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00 Moscow Zoopark 05.18.02.14

Today, the Moscow Zoopark’s collection of mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians is one of the largest and most exceptional in the world. It has 8,000 animals from 1,000 species.

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The zoo survived hard times during the Russian Revolution and the Great Patriotic War. 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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In the 1990s, the Moscow Zoopark started a reconstruction; it built 50 new enclosures. 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 went to a Ukrainian zoo.

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New exhibits displayed rare animals that hadn’t previously been in zoos, like Asiatic lions, Grévy’s zebras, South African giraffes, and Indian elephants.

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The Moscow Zoopark participates in many international programmes to maintain and breed rare animal species; it exchanges animals with many zoos throughout the world.

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Samson the Giraffe, a male reticulated giraffe, is one of the symbols of the Moscow Zoopark.

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14 February 2014

Russia Behind the Headlines

http://rbth.ru/multimedia/pictures/2014/02/14/moscow_zoo_keeping_giraffes_safe_for_150_years_34205.html

Editor’s Note:

The Moscow Zoopark protested the putting down of Marius the Giraffe by the København Zoo most strenuously. Of course, we all know that it caused quite an international stink, didn’t it? There was no need to have killed Marius; many other zoos were ready to take him in. As the Moscow Zoopark put it, “Keeping Giraffes Safe for 150 years”.

BMD

Click here for the Moscow Zoopark website

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Monday, 14 October 2013

14 October 2013. RIA-Novosti Presents… Our “Smaller Brothers”… Братья наши меньшие

00 Little Brothers 01. Dog. Vancouver BC. 14.10.13

Parishioners at a church in Vancouver BC CANADA can attend services with their pets. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord! Praise ye the Lord!

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00 Little Brothers 02. Elephant. Africa. 14.10.13

The governments of Kenya and Tanzania are holding a joint census of elephants and other large mammals. Are the tickbirds the census-takers? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

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00 Little Brothers 03. Lions. Africa. Kenya. 14.10.13

Lions bagging zee’s at a Kenya Wildlife Service conservation centre.

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00 Little Brothers 04. Crested porcupine. Szeged HUNGARY. 14.10.13

A three-week-old crested porcupine riding on its mother’s back at a zoo in Szeged (Szeged DIstrict. Csongrád County. Dél-Alföld Region) HUNGARY.

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00 Little Brothers 05. Yellow baboons. Antwerp Zoo BELGIUM. 14.10.13

Yellow baboons chillin’ at the Antwerp Zoo in Anvers/Antwerpen (Arrondissement Antwerpen. Province AntwerpenFlanders Region) BELGIUM.

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00 Little Brothers 06. white lion cub. Belgrade Zoo. SERBIA. 14.10.13

A tiny white lion cub was born at the Belgrade Zoo in Belgrade (Belgrade Municipal OkrugSERBIA. The little guy doesn’t have a name yet.

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00 Little Brothers 07. stork. Strasbourg Zoo. FRANCE. 14.10.13

A stork struttin’ his stuff at the Le parc de l’Orangerie Zoo in Strasbourg (Arrondissement Strasbourg-Ville. Département Bas-Rhin. Région AlsaceFRANCE.

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00 Little Brothers 08. spectacled bear. Antwerp BELGIUM. 14.10.13

A spectacled bear checkin’ out the photog at a zoological centre in Anvers/Antwerpen Belgium.

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13 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/photolents/20131013/184070143_8/Lion-cub-and-other-animal-news.html

Friday, 14 December 2012

Elephants Stranded in Siberia Saved by Vodka

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What do you do if you’re stuck with two elephants on a Siberian highway, your elephant-transporting truck is burning, and the pachyderms are freezing in -40 degrees weather {-40 degrees Fahrenheit… the only place where the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales coincide: editor}? The correct answer is that you make them jog and give them vodka. A local official said that the problems started when the two Indian elephants, owed by a travelling Polish circus, were enroute from Novokuznetsk to Omsk in Novosibirsk Oblast late Thursday. The hay in the truck caught fire from the diesel generator heating the cargo section, where the elephants were. The truck had to be stopped and the elephants promptly released. They escaped the fire unharmed, but were left stranded on a Siberian highway in winter.

The handler made the animals jog so that they didn’t freeze. Meanwhile, the local authorities were alerted, and the animals moved into a heated garage nearby. As an added precaution, the elephants were served two cases of vodka mixed with warm water. The official told RIA-Novosti, “They roared like it was the jungle… they must’ve been happy”. A spokeswoman for the Omsk city circus said that the animals only suffered minor frostbite to their legs and tips of their ears, nothing that’d disrupt their performance schedule. Their handler was admitted to hospital, also with frostbite.

14 December 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121214/178159421.html

 

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