Leningrad Zoo (St. Petersburg Zoo) in Russian Federation

Leningrad Zoo (St. Petersburg Zoo)
Local nameLeningradskiy Zoopark
Typezoo
Founded1865
Last elephant left1982
AddressPark Aleksandrovskiy, 1
Zip-code197198
PlaceSt. Petersburg
CountryRussian Federation
Websitehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leningrad_Z
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Founded by two animal-lovers - Sofia and Julius Gerhardt - in 1865. In 1873 the Zoological Garden was taken over by Ernest Rost. Rost left in 1897, and Zoo began to decline. In 1909 it was closed to visitors until 1918, when it was nationalized and began to be restored. The Zoo closed during the middle of the War, but opened again in 1944.

In 1991 the Zoo decidesd to remain as Leningrad Zoo even though Leningrad voted to return to be named St. Petersburg.

Today it is the second largest Zoo in Russia (after Moscow Zoo), with 2,000 animals from 410 species.


Soon after my visit to Woburn I took a transport of animals by sea from Lübeck to what was then Imperial Russia. The animals were for the zoos of Petersburg today Leningrad and Moscow.

Animals are my life, by Lorenz Hagenbeck

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Leningrad Zoo (St. Petersburg Zoo), Elephant Encyclopedia, Koehl, D. (2020), (available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=552). (archived at the Wayback machine)

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