0 Moscow zoo in early 20th century: Red Army in the Zoo, Zoo During Flood and more

Moscow zoo in early 20th century: Red Army in the Zoo, Zoo During Flood and more

Posted on February 23, 2017 by tim


Moscow Zoo turns 153 years this year. In 1864, the Imperial Russian Society of Animal Acclimatization founded a zoo-garden in Moscow. They called it “live museum under the open skies”. This makes the Moscow zoo one of the oldest in Europe. Let’s see how it looked almost 100 years ago.

They decided to put the Zoo in a place that is equally accessible from all Moscow neighborhoods. When they started they had 134 different domestic animals, 153 wild animals and birds, and seven reptiles. Mostly the animals were from the Russian Empire but also some were imported, like lions, tigers, jaguars, rhinos and crocs. The pic above shows the main entrance.

Many animals were Royal presents to the Tzar from governments of the countries of the world.

After the 1917 revolution it was nationalized by the Soviet state and was renamed to a zoo-park.


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