Департамент культуры MOSCOW ZOO SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE MADRID ZOO

MOSCOW ZOO SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE MADRID ZOO

23.10.2019

On October 18, as part of the Days of Moscow Culture in Spain, a solemn ceremony of signing a Memorandum between Moscow zoo and Madrid Zooaquarium was held. This document is intended to strengthen relations between zoos and open new prospects for their cooperation in various fields.

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Over the past three years, our zoo has signed similar memorandums with the zoos of Bangkok, Tokyo, Lima, Mexico City, Paris, Leipzig, Beijing and Tashkent. Strengthening international contacts is of great importance and allows the zoo to actively develop and improve, focusing on the positive experience of colleagues. It is also of great importance for the effective implementation of environmental programs, the exchange of scientific developments and the experience of specialists.

Another important event in the framework of the Days of Moscow Culture in Spain was the opening of our exhibition dedicated to rare species of wild cats. The main characters of the exhibition were the Amur tiger, the Far Eastern leopard, snow leopard and manul.

Wild cats are an integral part of many Earth’s ecosystems. They are strong, resourceful and hardy. Many other animals can envy their hunting skills. However, all this is not able to protect them. Every year, the natural population of most wild cats is decreasing. We have already lost Javanese, Balinese, Transcaucasia and Tasmanian tigers, the Barbarian lion. Many species of cats are threatened with extinction due to human activity. In order to attract public attention to the problem of reducing the number of wild cats, the exhibition “Cats: The work of the Moscow zoo on the conservation of rare feline species” was created.

Unique pictures of Amur tigers, Far Eastern leopards, manuls and snow leopards were presented on 18 exposition panels decorated in the corporate style of our zoo. All the shots were taken at the zoo in different years, animals were captured on them, each of which was familiar to our visitors and dearly loved by them. The photographs were accompanied by information about all these species, the work on their conservation and the creation of their stable and genetically diverse ex situ population.

The main inspiration for creating the exposition were the wild cats themselves, living in our zoo and its branches. Each of these animals has its own story. Someone, like the leopard Nikolai, got to the zoo from nature and gained a chance for a full and prosperous life, despite the injury received in the poaching trap. Some of these unique cats were born and raised at the zoo, like their parents. Anyway, all the cats kept at the zoo, have tremendous value. Each of the animals is carefully monitored by our leading experts - veterinarians, zoologists, zootechnicians and zoopsychologists. Thanks to the painstaking and incredibly laborious work of these people, we will have a chance to admire the uniquely beautiful wild cats in the future.

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Ph: (leopard) Michail Bibichkov