The Leningrad Zoo is a wonderful place in every aspect. It is located in St. Petersburg, and was called the Leningrad zoo for some reason, but first things first.
The Leningrad Zoo opened in 1865 as a private collection. But its fate before the Great Patriotic War is unknown, since in 1940 the entire archives of the zoo were destroyed.
In Leningrad, the animals had a difficult time, 16 zoo workers rescued them from starvation, while surviving was not easy. In memory of these people and animals, it was decided to abandon the old zoological name.
The Leningrad Zoo is one of the smallest in size in Russia, but here it is good conditions as it contains about 2,500 types of wildlife belonging to 500 species. Among these are: elk, deer, giraffes, bison, screw-horned goats, wild boar, sajmir, Japanese macaques, black storks and some other animals. One of the largest departments of the zoo is the Department of Ornithology. It contains about 150 species of birds, of which 18 species are included in the IUCN Red Book.
Most zoo visitors like to admire magnificent predatory animals such as the African lion, the Siberian tiger, the jaguar, the snow leopard, the puma, the European lynx, wolves and brown bears. No less interesting are the so-called “small predators”, for example raccoons, cheetah, weasel and mink.
Address: Alexander Park. Tel: +7 (812) 232-8260, fax +7 (812) 232-8250.
Mode of operation: from 10:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m., the ticket office closes an hour before
Prices: adults 500 RUB, women over 55 and men aged 60 or over 50 RUB, children under 7 years can enter for free, students: 100 RUB, students of public higher education institutions, students of colleges, Secondary schools, technical schools of The Russian Federation (full time) 300 RUB; You can buy a subscription for a couple of visits with a discount. The pony club: 1 visit for 500 RUB, 4 visits for 1800 RUB, 8 visits for 3200 RUB.
Excursions and educational services
The zoo offers themed tours and visits for visitors of all ages. Educational programs have been developed for high school students. The Leningrad Zoo staff produces interesting events every year, monkey and tiger themed days, straw buffet (dedicated to ungulate animals), during which visitors can feed the animals and learn interesting facts about the “hero of the day”.