Ekaterinburg Zoo - A Haven For Wildlife

The Ekaterinburg Zoo was founded in 1930 and is situated on 2.5 hectares of land, which is quite small for a zoo. The first collection incorporated only 60 animals at this originally small provincial zoo. Now the Ekaterinburg Zoo boasts a collection of unique, rare, interesting and different animals. This, however, was not always the case. The Zoo, at its early stages, was abandoned and left unaided by both the Soviet and the re-elected Russian administration. Both these governments were unable to provide land or money to construct much-needed pavilions and buildings.

It was only in 1994 that the Zoo was reconstructed and there was active finance to revive it. On January 1, 2000 the number of animals housed with in the Ekaterinburg Zoo was approximately 528, of which there were 180 different species. Now, there are more then 240 species of animals, of which 64 are mammals, 90 birds, 53 reptiles, 8 amphibians and 27 different types of fish so the collection continues to enlarge. The Zoo has three pavilions, which are much appreciated by the heat-loving animals not indigenous to the country. One is for the birds and unusual predators, one is for the apes and monkeys and lastly there is one in the Exoterrarium building.

In this three-storey building there are two floors exclusively for exotic animals and the other is the educational centre and junior natural history study group. Visitors can observe two different species of the lemur and galago family, as well as a variety of small apes, for instance Fossas, marmosets and mongooses. The North animals, like the North predators birds of prey, Amur tigers and bears live in the outside cages.

There are 40 species of animals that the Ekaterinburg Zoo houses that are included in the International Red Book, Red book of Russia and Red book of the Middle Ural. Among them are the snow leopards, Amur tigers, agouti, fossas, chimpanzees, erne, lion-tailed macaques, demoiselles, Cuban crocodile, salmon-crested cockatoos, black tailed python and the spur turtle.

In 2005 babies were born to the families of foxes, lion-tailed macaques and marmosets. Overall the Keepers at the Ekaterinburg zoo were able to increase, by quite an amount, the population of the zoo which goes hand in hand with there active collaboration with other zoos in Russia and Europe to try save rare animals.


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