It was founded by two animal lovers Sofia and Julius Gerhardt in 1865. Today it is the second largest Zoo in Russia after Moscow Zoo, with 2,000 animals from 410 species. The Zoo was used for circus performances and concerts by choirs and orchestras, and was also home to restaurants. The Zoological Gardens were significantly damaged during the Second World War but even though the city's residents were themselves starving the Zoo's elephant always was fed. The animal collection gradually grew to include an Indian elephant, chimpanzee, giraffes, a hippo, and a rhino.
Address: 1 Alexandrovsky Park
Open: In summer 10:00 - 19:00 p.m. (daily), in winter 10:00 - 17.00 p.m. (daily except Mondays).
Here it is possible to watch the stars in the middle of the day, and to learn some astronomics. Well even if the stars of the planetarium are glimmering for everyone, some knowledge of the Russian language is necessary to learn astronomics.
Address: Alexandrovskiy Park
St. Petersburg Zoo
Metro: Gorkovskaya Station; trams 6, 31, 63
In summertime beasts and birds from our collection, including tropical ones, are being demonstrated in various originally designed open air cages. In winter heat-loving animals are being transferred to special heated buildings where they live until it becomes warm enough for them to return to their "summer residences". Terrarium is open for snake and lizard lovers the whole year round.
Address:1, Aleksandrovsky park.