Winter really set in at the Moscow Zoo on 17 November after its brown and Himalayan bears went into hibernation. This happened earlier than usual due to the early onset of cold weather. Zoo keepers provided the animals with some hay to make a comfy nest in their den.
Bears’ body temperature does not drop during hibernation, making them alert to their surroundings and prompting people to keep quiet around them. Bears usually wake up in mid-March, but may sleep until April if the winter is a long one.
Shark Week opens at the Moscow Zoo in mid-December. This interactive exhibition at ZooDepot in the zoo’s new area will offer visitors life-size shark models and a plunge into the deep blue sea with 3D effects, sea sounds and even smells. And for those who want to know how tall they are on the shark scale, special graffiti height markers are available to find out.