Visiting Moscow Zoo
What to expect, see and do
During my solo weekend trip to Moscow I decided to visit the zoo and see how it compares with other zoo I have seen, we have very high standards in London and our zoos are part of the ZSL society, meaning gets lots of funding to home and preserve animals as well as costly breeding programmes, perhaps the 5* accommodator for animals. I decided to see how Moscow zoo would fare, it’s natural to compare.
I got off the Metro and walked the 2 short minutes to the Zoo entrance, it was relatively easy to find, there were a handful of people purchasing tickets at the booths either side of the main entrance to the zoo. I brought my ticket and within milliseconds I was inside the zoo free to roam around, it was about 9am and was just starting to get very busy, many young children were excited to see as much as possible, naturally, and for them it would probably be their first experience in a zoo. I still remember trips to London zoo when I was a child 🙂
Once in I headed past a few enclosures that were empty and under renovation, then a few meters further was a large bridge that crosses the road into another side of the zoo.
Over the other side of the bridge I immediately saw a seal enclosure, they looked alert and happy making seal noises and clapping to their guests. Further down after the bridge there is a a glassed armadillo enclosure – that armadillo looking like a Pokemon on crack! Then comes the giant duck pond (pictured above), and a polar bear exhibit…
The Polar bear exhibit was a hard one for me, the main reason was that the bears looked distressed, ok, without sounding too OTT – I will explain. I came to the enclosure and saw one of the bears repeating the same movement continuously for the 20minutes I was standing there, I had just brought a cup of tea so I was standing admiring them, but it seemed so strange that this 1 polar bears movements were so repetitive, he looked stressed, I felt desperate and powerless to do anything.
There was a man next to me, he had all his fancy pencils and rubbers sketching the other polar bear which looked like it was laying dead on the ground – except it had extremely deep and heavy breathing, I tuned to the sketcher and asked if he spoke English and then for his opinion “do you think that polar bear is okay, he’s breathing very deeply and the other one looks like he’s trying to call for help – what do you think?” sounding calm yet concerned I was hoping he would agree and offer a solution, he replied with the bear is sleeping and the other one is moving… (hmmm, ok) I took a sip of my tea and when I had turned back around he had packed up his fancy pencils and moved away… so did everyone else, they just cleared the area and left, I was the only one still standing there, omg what is this I thought, seeing as everyone had gone I started recording the behaviour of the Polar bears, to this day I have not showed anyone, the recording has been laying dormant on my phone ever since.
Polar bear 1 – just laying breathing deeply, hay, maybe he was just sleeping and chilling out?!
Polar bear 2 – this guy had me very concerned he was pacing back and forth non-stop, each time he would make a loud calling out sound, I was so concerned, there were no staff around to speak to, and besides I didn’t think it would be a good idea; a British tourist criticising the Zoo of another country. Thinking back, I should.
Mini vendor selling snacks and tea, NO COFFEE – in Moscow zoo there is no coffee.. just a heads up 😉
The Zoo is very beautiful, spacious and just relaxing to wander around. I really adored the architecture of the different buildings.
The Giraffe habitat was a very beautiful one, perhaps my favourite, a stunning stable if you would even call it that, more like a mansion! The giraffe were very friendly and social, they were even offering free kisses to those brave enough to put their faces to the fence!
Kids can have their pictures taken with the Disney characters – Russian style (hehehe).
Moscow Zoo Camel
The animals in general seemed quite happy, I think the most playful were definitely the monkeys! The photos I took below show Orangutang’s, they were interacting with the young children sitting beside the glass.
A very urban scene of the Zebra enclosure situated in the middle of the zoo grounds.
In the zoo they have several Ice cream vendors selling delicious ice cream with waffle cones, I had three big scoops before I left to my next activity on my list; The Shooting Range!
Large Seal Show pool, visitors to the zoo must purchase an additional ticket to gain entry to see the shows held twice daily about £3.50/$5 per ticket.
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