Voices from Russia

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”.

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Click here for the Moscow Zoopark website

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Saturday, 24 March 2012

24 March 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. RIA-Novosti Presents… Goose Wanders in the Centre of London and Other Animal News… with music by the Buranovskiye Babushki

London residents and visitors had the chance to see a goose wandering near the Parliament Buildings.

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In Los Angeles, one can see plenty of squirrels, even on power lines.

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According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the efforts for wildlife protection have brought results. The rhinoceros population in India grew by 50 percent from 1997 to 2007, to 2,500 animals. In the image above, we see a rhinoceros at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary (Marigaon District. Assam) in India.

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Elephants with unusual colouration live in the Tsavo East National Park (Taita-Taveta DistrictCoast Province) in Kenya. They have the name “Rusty Elephants” because they spray themselves with the rusty-red soil of the park.

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In Hungary, environmentalists treated an injured stork and returned him to his natural habitat.

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Visitors at the zoo in Kronberg im Taunus (Regierungsbezirk Darmstadt. Bundesland Hessen) in Germany can feed carrots to elephants.

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Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan hosted a cat show on 18 March.

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Granya Baisarova, a singer with the Buranovskiye Babushki folk group, showed journalists her cat Vasili.

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On 20 March, the San Diego Zoo introduced a two-month-old rhinoceros, Charlees, to the public.

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A woman walks her dog at Malibu Beach (Malibu CA (Los Angeles County) USA).

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24 March 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/photolents/20120324/172343780.html

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