Several years ago, the Mayor of Yaroslavl, Victor Volonchuasu, came up with the idea of creating a Yaroslavl zoo in a way that is totally unique for our country. It was opened in late summer 2008 to celebrate the 1000th day of the city’s birth. The Yaroslavl Zoo was built near Smolensk in the Zavolzhsky district. At the opening, its total area was 67 hectares, and now it exceeds approximately 120 hectares. In these huge areas live more than 1600 animals of 250 different species (including the animals of Russia).
This Yaroslavl Zoo has a singularity, and that is that the animals are not in cages. Anyone who has been to the zoo can be sure that it is a wonderful place, where you can see the majestic Bengal tigers, snow leopards and the noisy family of red wolves, which are not forced to live in a cage. Therefore, this is exactly what you will never see in another zoo. There are all kinds of landscapes, which give the inhabitants as much space as they need, with conditions that are good for the animals, so that one can observe as closely as possible, in the wild, so that even the endangered species in the zoo have conditions for reproduction.
In addition to the reverent attitude to the comfort of its occupants, the Yaroslavl Zoo attracts and draws much attention, as it is undoubtedly very picturesque. In Yaroslavl Zoo you can find waterfowl ponds, flamingo islands and stone slides for ungulates, which blend in with the surrounding landscape, which has a pleasant appearance, and best of all, people are ready to detail, and even love nature in its natural beauty.
Throughout the year the Yaroslavl Zoo has an active educational and demonstration centre called “The Ark”, where children learn about biology and zoology. You can also see typical and rare Russian animals.
Contact Yaroslavl Zoo
If you want to see the animals of Russia, here are the details:
Address: St. Shevelyuha 137
Directions: bus № 21 and 121, taxi № 93 (red square); bus № 25 (Zavolzhsky, Dzerzhinskii rn); taxis № 148 (ZD Motor, “Giant”).
Opening hours: Open seven days a week. The main area is open from 10:00 to 19:00. The exhibition hours of “Ungulates Park” are from 11:00 to 17:00 without a break. The community work hours of “Zoo” are from 11:00 to 19:00 (free of charge). And finally, the “train” and “Hare” attractions are open from 10:00 to 19:00 (ticket office at 18:30).
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