Minsk Zoo
Belarus, Minsk

Minsk Zoo is located in the south-eastern part of Minsk in the floodplain of the river. Swisloch. Its territory is limited by the streets of Mashinostroiteley, Uborevich, Golodeded and Tashkent. On the south side, its territory borders on a large residential neighborhood "Chizhovka", in the western direction is the Chizhov reservoir and park them. 900th anniversary of Minsk.
The zoo is connected to the city center by urban public transport routes (buses No. 59 and 92, trolley buses No. 16 and 17).
The nearest metro station "Avtozavodskaya" is located at a distance of 1.5 km. From it to the stop "Zoo" can be reached by bus routes No. 16, 21, 22 and trolley buses No. 16 and 17. There is a parking area at the entrance.
The zoo is open year round seven days a week!
The Minsk Zoo was opened on August 9, 1984, on the 40th anniversary of the Minsk Automobile Plant as the MAZ Zoobotanical Garden. In 1987, the project "Demonstrative Green Zone with the Zoobotanical Garden of the Minsk Automobile Plant" was prepared, which the factory commissioned by a specialized workshop of the Union of Architects of the BSSR. For various reasons, the construction of the zoo stopped without turning around. In the difficult post-perestroika period, the Minsk Automobile Plant released the zoo into free swimming, refusing to finance it. For some time the zoo was a structural unit of Veras-ECO, and then became an independent organization, acquiring the status of the Minsk Zoo state enterprise in 1997. However, its condition was deplorable. Those temporary houses and aviaries that were built in 1984 and which were supposed to be replaced after three years by the stationary structures of the new zoo, were gradually being destroyed. The temporary fence is dilapidated. “If only to stand the day, but hold out the night” - this is the main slogan of the zoo team at that time.
In 1990-1995 In the Minsk Zoo, a capercaillie nursery, formerly located in the Berezinsky Reserve, found shelter. In 1994, the city authorities finally came to the rescue of the zoo. In 1998, the reconstruction of the Minsk Zoo began. In 2001, the city reserved a territory of 42 hectares for the construction of the zoo.
The objects of the existing zoo are already located on the allotted territory: the “Old Zoo” (built in 1984-1989 as the Zoo of the Minsk Automobile Plant) and the objects of the first stage of the “New Zoo” (veterinary building with adjoining enclosures, a feeding kennel, a public toilet, the Main Entrance area, parking for guest transport, external fencing of an area of 15 hectares) with its existing infrastructure and utilities, which can be used for new facilities.
The environmental activities of the Minsk Zoo include:
- conservation and breeding of wild animals in the zoo;
-conducting observations to identify favorable conditions for the life of animals;
-creation for animals of the zoo of the optimal habitat, taking into account the concept of enrichment of the conditions of detention;
-Return to the nature of some species of animals that successfully breed in the zoo;
-enlightenment of the population in environmental issues;
- informing the public about the environmental problems and environmental activities of the zoo;
-cooperation with environmental organizations, environmental centers, educational institutions, youth groups;
-ecological, aesthetic and spiritual education of the younger generation.
The zoo has a wide variety of zoological and related departments.
Departments (groups) of "Birds", "Vivarium", "Ungulates", "Predatory mammals", "Primates", "Reptiles" are engaged in the demonstration and breeding of wild animals.
Thanks to a group of visiting animals, visitors will be able to see some animals during conversations and lectures held at the zoo. In addition, employees of the department travel with animals for lectures at educational institutions and libraries in the city of Minsk.
The veterinary department monitors the health status of all animals.
Fodder kitchen provides animals with food.
The engineering department is responsible for the condition of the building, engineering communications, provides order in the zoo, is responsible for landscaping.
At the stable, horses, ponies and donkeys are kept and trained. These animals are the decoration of some holidays held at the zoo. Little elegant donkeys and ponies enjoy riding young visitors to the zoo. The “Horses and Ponies” club operates in the zoo, in which the children not only receive riding skills, but also learn to care for their animals.
The education department is responsible for organizing holidays at the zoo; organizing and conducting survey and thematic excursions, conducting lectures, talking with the media, experts monitor changes in the zoological collection, and materials for printed materials of the zoo are being developed.
Services:
• Excursions (1. Sightseeing (familiarization with the collection of animals), 2. Sightseeing with a visit to the terrarium, 3. Thematic: "Terrarium World", "Ungulates", "Predatory", "This motley, feathered world")
• Minsk Zoo conducts field lectures in schools, pre-school institutions, summer health camps, and institutions of additional education for children. Lectures are accompanied by a demonstration of animals. A multimedia presentation of animals "Virtual Journey to the Zoo" was developed. Before the lecture, a small exhibition of hand-held non-aggressive animals is held. On it you can take a rabbit in your arms, stroke a guinea pig, touch the turtle.
• Minsk Zoo holds visiting animal exhibitions. A certain group of animals is demonstrated at thematic exhibitions, and at the review exhibitions you can see the most interesting representatives of different animal orders. Visiting exhibitions can be organized in schools, clubs, palaces and parks of culture, in summer camps, in orphanages and boarding schools, in libraries, sanatoriums and other educational and cultural institutions of Minsk and Minsk region.
• Horse riding and ponies are organized at the zoo. On holidays and weekends from 11-00 to 17-00, in winter until 16-00
• In the summer and during school holidays, various children's attractions operate on the territory of the Minsk Zoo:

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