Tsarskoye Selo royal menagerie in Russia


Tsarskoye Selo royal menagerie



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OwnerTsar Nicholaus II of Russia
First elephant arrived1828
Closed down1917
Address Garden St, 7
Zip-code 196601
Place St. Petersburg
Country Russia

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Tsarskoye Selo royal menagerie, located at Garden St, 7, in St. Petersburg, Russia and the first elephant arrived in 1828. Tsarskoye Selo royal menagerie closed down in 1917 in St. Petersburg, .


Comments / picturesOn the road, which leaves Fir Avenue near the Llama House and runs in the direction of the Stolbovaya, is a decayed wooden pavilion decorated with small turrets and surrounded by a square yard with servants' quarters and sheds. This is the Elephant House. The pavilion was built in 1828 by the architect Menelas. In the same year some elephants, which belonged to the Emperor, were brought here from the Volinkin Dvor in St. Petersburg.

Tsarskoye Selo royal menagerie in Russia RussiaTsar Nicholaus and Crown Prince Alexei feeding his elephant

Incidentally, as it turned out recently, this African elephant was also a favourite of young Anna Akhmatova, and later of her son Leo, as visitors could admire the royal elephant at Tsarskoye Selo. Akhmatova was taken to see the elephant when she was a child, historian Mikhail Budyko wrote. Later the poetess walked around Tsarskoye Selo with her son who was also delighted with the imperial pet.

Tsarskoye Selo royal menagerie in Russia Russia

Tsarskoye Selo royal menagerie in Russia Russia

In the autumn of 1916, the African elephant, the pride of Nicholas II’s menagerie in Tsarskoye Selo was to be transported to Moscow. On the way over the elephant caught a cold and died.

But a royal elephant is a royal elephant, and what was left of it had to be preserved. The hide alone weighed more than a ton. It was cut into three parts and pickled in barrels and brought to the Darwin Museum.

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Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Tsarskoye Selo royal menagerie, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=3337. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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