Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Russia 2015
150th Anniversary of the Leningrad ZOO

The Leningrad Zoo is one of the oldest Russian zoos. Preserving the architectural planning of the 19th century, the zoo is a part of the city's architectural ensemble, as well as a keeper of its historical legacy. 

It was founded August 14, 1865. Initially it was a private menagerie. It was opened and contained at private expense of Dutch Prussian citizenship Gebgardt Julius and his wife Sophia. Later, the zoo was changed a lot of owners, while being a private institution more than 50 years. 

The zoo became the own of a state in 1917, due to the issued Decree "On the nationalization of private entertainment business". The zoo as well as a Leningrad city both survived the Great Patriotic War and the blockade. 

Leningrad Zoo is considered to be the unique museum of wildlife, nature protection and educational institution, more than 600 kinds of mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates from different corners of the Earth are kept there.