Today Moscow Zoo covers an area of 20 hectares and is home to about 5,000 animals of 750 species are kept in the Zoo, making it Russia's largest. If you're coming to Moscow with young children, it's probably one of the best ways to keep them entertained. Be warned, though, that it can get very crowded on weekends.
The Night World exhibition is also worth visiting. It is located in the basement under Animals of Russia exposition and designed as a large dark cave with illuminated window of enclosures. Each enclosure has shelters imitating burrows, cavities and hollows similar to the type of shelters the night animals naturally hide in during the daytime. But the enclosures that are red lightened have one glass side and so the visitors can watch animals even when they sleep.
The large marine aquariums that are up to 3,000 liters are inhabited with the most exotic fish and creatures of the Pacific and the Indian oceans, Black and Japanese seas.
Address: 1 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya ul., Moscow 123242, Russia
Phone: 095-255-5375, 095-253-6367, 095-252-3580, 095-255-5375
Metro: Barrikadnaya / Krasnopresnenskaya
Cost: 100 roubles .
Open: Apr-Sept, Tues-Sun 10:00 - 20:00 p.m.; Oct-Mar., Tues-Sun 10:00 - 17:00 p.m.. Closed Monday
Entrance: Free for children under 12 years old.