Moscow Zoo to offer first glimpse of Siberian cranes, twin polar bear cubs

Moscow Zoo to offer first glimpse of Siberian cranes, twin polar bear cubs
The Moscow Zoo will offer an excursion to its nursery near Volokolamsk where Amur tigers and Himalayan blue sheep live in families. The first trip is scheduled for 26 February.

On 26 February, ahead of International Polar Bear Day, the Moscow Zoo will conduct its first excursion. It will take place at the Centre for Rare Animal Species Reproduction, which is located near Volokolamsk, where birds and animals live and reproduce under the best possible conditions. Visitors will see twin polar bear cubs Sery and Bely, who will soon be transported to Budapest as part of a European programme for polar bear conservation in captivity. They will also meet the female polar bear Nika, who arrived at the centre last year.

For the first time ever, the zoo will show its visitors Siberian white cranes, Marco Polo sheep, black-tailed gazelles and Siberian ibexes.

Muscovites will also get acquainted with the famous Far Eastern leopard Nikolai, a big family of adult Amur tigers and their cubs, and a numerous blue sheep family.

The centre near Volokolamsk is closed to visitors and in the future will open its doors only to tour groups. The excursion has a limited number of spots. Tickets can be purchased here.

The meeting point will be at the main entrance to the Moscow Zoo. The buses will depart at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to departure with your printed e-ticket or its image on your device’s screen. 

Excursion participants must be at least 18 years of age. For questions, call 8 906 084 4841, or send an email to The programme at the Centre for Rare Animal Species Reproduction will last 90 minutes.

“The Moscow Zoo is involved in almost a hundred European programmes for the conservation of rare species, including polar bears. It is at the centre where we can create the most comfortable breeding conditions. Animals born here can later be seen at many Russian and world zoos,” said the Moscow Zoo press service.

Apart from the excursion, the Moscow Zoo has prepared a surprise for those who will visit the zoo on 26 February. There will be a public feeding of polar bears near the animals’ enclosure while zoologists give a talk about polar bears. The event will start at 1 pm.