The Zoo in Novosibirsk is one of the largest in Russia and one of the main city sights. It history started in 1933, when a small activity center for children was organized, where schoolchildren were suppose to learn about animals and to take care of them. In 1950 a real zoo was organized not far from the the place where the Central Market is no situated. The Zoo had 82 species of animals and was well visited, though its general condition was rather poor. The cages were small and uncomfortable for animals and birds, and visitors had difficulties moving around, too. Everyone understood that the new premises was urgently required, but the construction did not start until 1983. It was resolved to arrange the new zoo in the pine and birch forest in the outskirts of the city. The territory was really huge, which ensured comfortable and nature-similar conditions for its residents. In 2005 the last animals and the administrative staff were relocated and the zoo became one of the most favorite places where everyone could easily spend the whole wonderful day amidst green trees.
The zoo is open for its visitors every day except for very few days a year. In summer it is open 9-00 to 21-00 (cash desk until 20-00) in winter 9-00 to 18-00 (cash desk until 17-00). The entrance fee for adults is 200 rubles and 50 rubles for children 7-16, the same discounted price is valid for pensioners and disabled, and students pay 100 rubles.
You an be sure you won’t remain hungry or thursty there, as there are numerous cafes and snack bars, and your kids will be able not to just look at animals, but to visit a small amusement park or ridea horse.
The zoo is famous for a unique animal born here in 2004 — a liger! A liger is a child of a tiger and a lion. A female liger was left in the zoo, and she already has 4 own kids.
In the near future a dolphinarium will be built in the zoo. Its territory has expanded recently, and now there is a swan lake here, too.
All this makes the zoo a perfect destination for you, if you have a spare day in Novosibirsk, but even a couple of hours here will be rewarding, not too far from the ever-busy city traffic, but nearly in the wilderness of the forest.