The Moscow Zoo is located in the centre of Moscow, close to the Garden ring (transliteration: Sadovoye Koltso). The Zoo was opened in 1864. This is the first zoo in Russia and one of the oldest in Europe. The Moscow zoo is one of the largest in Russia. It is a home for over 8,000 of animals belonging to more than 1 thousand species of world fauna.

Moscow Zoo

More than 1 000 ducks are in open-air cages of the Zoo

Some interesting facts about the amazing animals in the Moscow Zoo


Do you know a tiny animal – chinchilla? In the 20th century these animals were faced with extinction because of their chinchilla fur. Fortunately Now the situation is better.

The chinchilla fur is popular due to its soft feel because about 60 hairs from each hair follicle this animal has. You can see chinchillas in the Moscow Zoo.

Morpho Peleides

In the Zoo there are beautiful butterflies Morpho peleides. The wings of these butterflies have no color, but they refract the light. The South American Indians name these butterflies “part of the sky fallen from heaven”.

Far Eastern Leopard

An Interesting fact: the Far Eastern leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is the rarest surviving subspecies of leopard. Unfortunately at present in the world there are not more than 25 animals in wild nature. In the Moscow Zoo, you can see these beautiful animals. They are taken good care of in the Zoo.


Paradox: Zebras with their black and white stripes in the African savanna are completely invisible. This “zebra crossing” is zebras camouflage from predators.

White Tiger

It is interesting that any female tiger with the normal coloration can give birth to a white tiger! But such beautiful babies are very visible in wild nature and these tigers cannot hunt. White tigers are in captivity at the Moscow Zoo.

White Bear

The largest predator on earth is a White Bear or a Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus). A boar (adult male) can weigh 800 kg. He is a famous hunter for seals. Polar Bear fur consists of white guard hairs – that is why a polar bear has another name “white bear”. The skin color of the polar bear is very dark, almost black, to keep warm. But the skin under guard hairs is not visible. The Moscow Zoo is a home for some polar bears too.

Brown Bears

As for Brown Bears – these bears are mostly solitary. They need to have their own vast territory. But in winter bears are sleeping in their dens to survive, as there is no food for them in this season. And dens of bears may be very close from each other. During hibernation, the Brown Bears are friendly.

Useful Information

That is more in the Zoo you can watch the feeding of different animals. You can even practice your Russian You can ask the keepers any question about animals.

A feeding timetable is possible to find at the ticket offices and this info is called over the loudspeakers in the Zoo as well.

Moscow Zoo

The Zoo is located in the center of Moscow near the metro stations : “Krasnopresnenskaya” and “Barrikadnaya” close to a skyscraper


When you visit the Zoo, do not feed the animals! It is banned in the Zoo!

Visit the Zoo for sure! Your excursion will take you about 3 hours. Take some pictures as well!

Welcome to Moscow Zoo!


In the article some info is taken from the official site of the Moscow Zoo.

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