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Monday, 20 July 2015

20 July 2015. Animal Funnies… OOH, MY HEAD!

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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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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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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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Sunday, 16 September 2012

16 September 2012. A Smile from the Russian Web… What Do You Do When the FAST Food Runs Away From You?

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When I saw this image on a Russian website, I got one of my patented “Tyotya Vara Inspiration Moments”… and here it is. Have a laugh, guys… not everything in the world’s serious… thank God. Pass the jug and SMILE…

BMD

Sunday, 14 November 2010

A Photo Essay. Animal Families: Love Amongst God’s Beasts

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