That said, some of the Russian animals, such as the Siberian owl, are truly amazing. There is also a good range of wild cats and an assortment of weird and wonderful African creatures, some of which a cynic might accuse of not being real animals. Summer is the best time to visit although a winter sojourn would be interesting just to find out what happens to those poor kangaroos when the temperature reaches minus 20 degrees. Entrance costs 100 rubles and there is another 50 ruble charge to enter to the “exotarium”. Apparently that’s where you can watch the sea animals.
Address: Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Ulitsa, #1, metro Barrikadnaya. Website: www.moscowzoo.ru. Open Summer: 10:00-20:00, Winter: 10:00-17:00. Closed on Mondays.
(Photo by ShaiHaas@FlickR)