Moscow Zoo

Take a trip to Russia's first zoo for an animal-filled day with the family. Learn about animals from all over the world.

History of the zoo

Moscow Zoo opened in 1864 and is one of the oldest zoos in Europe. It is Russia's largest zoo, spread out over more than 20 hectares. The zoo started as wooden buildings built in old Russian style and has evolved into a popular tourist spot and educational center.

There are two main sections of the zoo: Old Territory and New Territory. The sections are separated by a road and were run as two different zoos at first since there was no easy way to travel between the areas. In the ‘90s, a foot bridge was built to join the sections and more additions were made.

Visiting Moscow Zoo

Head to the zoo's Old Territory to see reptiles, birds, and the intriguing Nocturnal World. You'll find everything from amphibians to big cats in this area.

Cross the foot bridge to the zoo's New Territory and walk through the Primate House or the bird and butterfly exhibit. In this area you'll find polar bears, African animals, Asian animals, farm animals, and more.

Check the feeding schedule to watch seals, otters, pelicans, and other animals get their meals. It's the best way to ensure you'll see some animal activity on your zoo visit.

For a break from the animals, you can stop in at the café or peruse the gift shop. There is also a playground area for kids.

Kid-friendly zoo

The zoo places emphasis on educating youth about wildlife and nature. There are children's educational programs to teach kids about biology and animal conservation. Kids can even join zoo clubs such as the Young Biologists' and Zoologists' Club.

The zoo also holds regular events like shows and zoo tours. Kids can learn about and meet animals found in fairy tales or hear all about coral reefs and visit sea animals. You'll find pony rides in the Old Territory section of the zoo. In the Children's Zoo area, watch chicks hatch from their eggs or pet some friendly animals. Even the zoo's entrance gate is inviting for kids, as it's shaped like a fairy-tale castle.

Focus on conservation

Moscow Zoo holds many events and educational activities aimed to teach the public about wildlife conservation. The zoo has performed scientific research and added to publications. It also plays an active role in conservation activities such as breeding programs and international conferences.