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About Moscow Zoo, Moscow

The Moscow Zoo (Russian: Московский зоопарк) is a 21.5-hectare (53-acre) zoo founded in 1864 by professor-biologists, K.F. Rulje, S.A. Usov and A.P. Bogdanov, from the Moscow State University. In 1919, the zoo was nationalized. In 1922, the ownership was transferred to the city of Moscow and has remained under Moscow's control ever since. The zoo had an area of 10 hectares (25 acres) when it first opened, with 286 animals. In 1926, the zoo was expanded to adjacent lands, increasing the area to 18 hectares (44 acres). The zoo's original buildings were wooden, built in the old Russian style with intricate wood trims. In 1990, the zoo was renovated. Notable additions include a new main entrance in the shape of a large rock castle, and a footbridge that connected the old (1864) and new (1926) properties of the zoo. Prior to construction of the footbridge, the zoo operated as two 'separate zoos' because the Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street divides the properties. In addition, the zoo was expanded once more. New exhibits were opened including a sea aquarium, an aviary, a creatures of the night exhibit, a sea lion exhibit and a section aimed at children. Waterfalls and streams were added throughout to give the zoo a more natural feeling. The Moscow zoo has over 6500 animals representing about 1000 species and covers an area of about 21.5 hectares (53 acres)The zoo studies animal's behavior, feeding and reproduction, and breeds rare endangered species. Some of the species at the zoo are: * Marsupial (Marsupialia) * Didelphimorphia (Didelphidae) * Dasyuromorphia (Dasyuridae) * Macropod (Macropodidae) * Insectivora (Insectivora) * Erinaceidae (Erinaceidae) * Elephant shrew (Macroscelididae) * Treeshrew (Tupaiidae) * Bat (Chiroptera) * Megabat (Pteropodidae) * Primate (Primates) * Lemuridae (Lemuridae) * Lorisidae (Lorisidae) * Cebidae (Cebidae) * (Callithricidae) * Old World monkey (Cercopithecidae) * Hominid (Pongidae) * Xenarthra (Edentata) * Sloth (Bradypodidae) * Armadillo (Dasypodidae) * Lagomorpha (Lagomorpha) * Leporidae (Leporidae) * Rodent (Rodentia) * Carnivora (Carnivora) * Bear (Ursidae) * Brown bear (Ursus arctos) * Pinniped (Pinnipedia) * Cetacean (Cetacea) * Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates) * Proboscidea (Proboscidea) * Elephant (Elephantidae) * Odd-toed ungulate (Perissodactyla) * Equidae (Equidae) * Even-toed ungulate (Artiodactyla) * Suidae (Suidae) * Camelid (Camelidae) * Deer (Cervidae) * Giraffidae (Giraffidae) * Bovid (Bovidae)


Overview of Moscow Zoo

Home to Moscow Zoo is the city of Moscow in the country of Russia. Moscow Zoo is easily missed on a visit to Moscow.

Moscow Zoo is not a popular tourist spot and visitors exploring prime attractions like Kremlin, Red Square, Assumption Cathedral, St Basils Cathedral and Moscow Church Of Christ. For more popular attractions visit things to do in Moscow.

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Address: Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street, 1, Moskva, Russia, 123242

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Ultimate 3-Day Tour of Moscow
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The ultimate tour of Moscow can last 3 days with 7 hours each day, or 4 days with 5 hours each day.

12-15th centuries
Kremlin, Red Square and Kitay Gorod
The residence of Dukes, Tsars, Emperors, Supreme rulers, Presidents will surprise you with its cathedrals, largest in the world Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell, as long as the Armoury with personal belongings of Great Tsars.
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Zamoskvorechye area & Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Stunning palaces, churches, cathedrals and mind-blowing historical facts.
20-21st centuries
Modern Moscow
Enjoy a day exploring off the beaten city path which will give you an insight into a local life and hidden gems.Experience Russian cuisine – borsch, vareniki, bliny in traditional restaurants.

Trip to Sergiev Posad from Moscow - Private Tour
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Explore the city of Sergiev Posad on this 8-hour tour from Moscow. Visit the churches and cathedrals as well as tour the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. Enjoy multiple museums and try a glass of kvas (Russian bread brew) and some flavorful bread from a local pastry shop.

Private Tour: Moscow Food and Culture
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Depending on the start time you choose, we’ll start either with breakfast or lunch in a local authentic café with a casual style and an original interior. See the most historic areas of Moscow, and try Russian pies or pancakes, Ukrainian borsch and Georgian Khachapuri, combined with local hospitality, cozy nooks and fascinating facts about local cuisine and history. You’ll try food in two amazing restaurants - Russian/Ukrainian and Georgian. Restaurants and menu are subject to change, depending on your preferences and day of week. All food is included.

Tretyakov Gallery and Zamoskvorechye Tour in Moscow
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Take in the world famous paintings, icons and artful compositions in Tretyakov Gallery, beautiful old churches in Zamoskvorechye area, historical streets of Moscow, modern street graffiti and the best coffee in Moscow – Ultimate Russian Culture Experience!

See some of the most famous Russian masterpieces:

  • Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin "Bathing the Red Horse". Written in 1912, the picture turned out to be prophetic with the red horse acting as the fate of Russia in the 20th century in the country;
  • Mikhail Vrubel "Seated Demon", 1890. The plot is inspired by the poem of Lermontov's "Demon", with the demon representing the image of strength of the human spirit and inner struggle. Tragically his hands are clasped, with the demon sitting in sadness, surrounded by vague colors;
  • Viktor Vasnetsov "Alyonushka" 1881, based on the fairy tale "About Sister Alyonushka and Brother Ivanushka" with a purely Russian motif and spirit.

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  • It's a good way to escape city for a bit, if you can't go out of town. Though going in the noon of a hot weekend was bad idea, because it was crowded, obviously, and because many animals were hiding in the shadows or sleeping away. Also map was kind of useless. And, to be completely honest, visiting zoo seems like a good idea in theory, but once you go there and see all these beautiful animals locked and kind of lonely, it is also sad. Otherwise, it was all good, convenient territory, lots of places to eat, benches along the walks etc.

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  • Great zoo! We have small kids so the fact that inside the zoo you can access anything with a stroller, that's a huge plus! The animals are so close! You really have to exercise caution. But they are so beautiful and cool to see you close! The facility is nice and themed. It's taken very good care of. The restrooms are plentiful and clean. This is a great spot to visit for anyone coming to Moscow for a few days, or if you simply love animals!

  • A great zoo. To make it a 5-star experience, they need to add more convenience features. For example, the petting zoo feed is sold without plastic bags or cups...

  • The animals were not energetic. They were depressed. The wolves were too skinny as if no one feeds them properly. The penguin were fun. Overall, it is a Must-see

  • The place to spend a whole day in. A great area with a lot of interesting and rare animals. Places to rest and have a bite or two available.

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