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Leningrad Zoo

Children's Zoo

text by Leningrad Zoo
translation by Leningrad Zoo and by Irina Omelyanova for ZooLex
editing by Monika Fiby for ZooLex
Published 2011-4-8

 

UP LOCATION:

1 Aleksandrovsky park, Saint Petersburg, Russia 197198
Phone: +7-812-232 82 60
Fax: +78122328250
URL: http://www.spbzoo.ru


UP KEY WORDS:

contact, domestic, farm


UP ANIMALS:

Family:Species:Common Name:Capacity:
AnatidaeAnas platyryncha domesticusDomestic duck2
AnatidaeAnser domesticusDomestic goose2
AnatidaeCairinae moschata domesticusMuscovy duck2
BovidaeBos taurusYakut aboriginal cow1
BovidaeCapra aegagrus hircusDomestic goat
EquidaeEquis asinus domesticusDomestic ass (donkey)1
PhasianidaeGallus gallus domesticusDomestic chicken
PhasianidaeMelagris gallapavo domesticusDomestic turkey3
SuidaeSus scrofa domesticusDomestic pot-bellied pig2


UP DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the Children's Zoo is to present various kinds of domestic mammals and birds and to give visitors an opportunity to get close to animals. In two special contact zones visitors are allowed to touch and feed animals with suitable food offered by the zoo for sale. Another zone is reserved for the animals. Visitors can get in touch with goats and chicken in the contact zone, across the fence with a cow, a donkey and geese and through the fence with the ducks. Self-closing gates ensure that visitors cannot leave gates open and prevent animal escape.

The Children's Zoo is built around the replicas of traditional Russian farm buildings. The main building and several smaller buildings serve as stables and refuge for the animals during bad weather. The wooden buildings are decorated and coloured in a traditional style. The fences, well, cart and hay racks are also built in traditional farm style.

One of the buildings is used for the presentation of small domestic animals such as chicken and rabbits that are used for outreach programs in retirement homes and with groups of visitors with handicaps. A number of different breeds are kept, such as red Brahma, Appenzeller, Paduan, Phoenix, China silkie, and black Minorca.
 

UP SIZE:

Space allocation in square meters:

useindoorsoutdoors     total exhibit    
accessible     total     accessible     total    
animals71503574
visitors272272
others
total846

 

UP COSTS:

RUR 4,550,293 including n/a % for design.

The budget provided by the city covered the cost for several projects, including the Children's Zoo: the general animal walking area, the contact zone, the summer pavilion for domestic animals, the birds’ enclosure and the wolves’ enclosure.
 

UP OPENING DATE:

28 July 2008
 

UP DESIGN:

Beginning: 2005

  • Design, Architecture: Project Office Olgino

UP CONSTRUCTION:

Beginning: 2006


UP LOCAL CONDITIONS:

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UP PLANTS:

Because of the small size of the area and the foraging ability of the animals, plants were not used inside the Children's Zoo. Some poplars (Populus berolinensis) are visible in the background of the walking zone and some lilac bushes (Syringa josikoe) are in the middle of the contact zone, protected by fences.

The plant list specifies the Latin names of the plants used for this exhibit.


UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO ANIMALS:

The animals can choose between paved areas and those with a sand surface. Various decorative elements such as the wooden cart and the well framework as well as trunks of various diameter (1 to 1.5 meter) are used by the goats for climbing.

Goats and chickens can choose to enter the contact zone where they can encounter visitors or to retreat in their area through slots in a special gate.

In summer, a water pool is set up for the ducks and geese.

The hay rack has a roof which protects forage from preciptation and, at the same time, is a refuge for the hens during night time. The hens also use the wattle fences all around the Children's Zoo as roosts.
 

UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO KEEPERS:

The keepers can exclude visitors from the contact zone by closing the gate. The contact zone is paved for easy cleaning.
 

UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO VISITORS:

Visitors can buy food for the animals in small plastic cups. They can enter the two contact zones to get in close contact with pygmy goats and chicken. The cow, the donkey and the pot-bellied pig can be fed across a fence. Visitors who prefer to stay out of the contact zone still can see the animals in close proximity across the fence. Part of the climbing structures offered to the goats are traditional farm features such as a wooden cart and a well framework.

The animals that are used in outreach programs are on display behind large windows, low enough for children to look into the exhibits.
 

UP INTERPRETATION:

The buildings represent a traditional farm complex. Several animal species on display have been traditionally used on Russian farms such as the Yakut cattle. Signs with images of the animals describe the breeds. They are located along the perimeter of the contact zone and on the display building with the windows.

The visit of the Children's Zoo is suggested in the tour on the visitor map. It is also included in the educational programme for kindergarden and younger school children.
 

UP MANAGEMENT:

Two small enclosures separated by wattle fences allow to keep the male goat seperately from the females in summer time as well as the pot-bellied pig when its contact with visitors is not desirable.

All grounds are swept daily. In summer, paved parts of the grounds are also hosed down. Natural soil is cleaned with rakes and spades and replenished as required, but not less than once per two months. Every second year the topsoil is totally exchanged. Stalls in the building are cleaned daily. In summer, they are hosed down once a week.

On crowded days visitors are not allowed to enter the contact zones.
 

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UP CONSERVATION:


 

UP LOCAL RESOURCES:


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Overview
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Site Plan
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Traditional Yakut Aboriginal Cow (1)
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Contact with the cow (3)
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Traditional farm building (4)
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Covered hayrack (5)
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Donkey (6)
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Duck (7)
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Chicken (8)
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Pot-bellied pig (9)
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Contact with young goat (10)
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Petting a goat (11)
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Feeding a goat (12)
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Cup recycling (13)
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Rules of conduct (14)
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Escape gate for goats and chicken (15)
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Self-closing visitor gate (16)
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Contact from outside (17)
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Animals used for outreach programmes (18)
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Rabbits (19)
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Evening event (20)
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