FOUNDED IN 1978
Scientific Institution of Culturalization and Training “ZOO”
In the middle of the twentieth century, the city of Chisinau was actively developing and expanding, new residential and leisure areas appeared, the population grew, the urban infrastructure became more complicated.
On May 9, 1978, the Chisinau Zoo, a new cultural institution, was officially inaugurated in the capital city.
The zoo was located on the Peace Leaflet (currently Dacia Boulevard), across the road from the Botanical Garden, which was opened 5 years before (1973).
Before the Zoo was established, local citizens could get acquainted with wild animals and birds only when the mobile zoos arrived. The animals placed in small cages stayed in the city for a short time. There is no doubt about its educational and cultural impact.
The surface of the Zoo was about 8 ha. Visitors came from all over the capital city, despite the fact that its location was not quite appropriate and the public transportation was missing in this region (the southeastern part of the city was just being built).
In the 1980s the area of the institution was expanded to 25 ha and new aviaries were built, including for the elephant. The collection was supplied with exotic animals – elephants, giraffes and other animals.
At the end of the 1990s the collection of exotic animals decreased slightly. A part of the territory closed for repairs and reconstruction. Elephants and giraffes were already missing from the collection, while ungulates were given more space.
In the 2000s, the aviaries of big cats were rebuilt and lions, tigers and lynx were transferred to a new place. The collection of birds, reptiles and small predators started being actively completed.
Currently the institution’s collection counts about 1,000 birds and animals. 10 species of animals are included in the international conservation program. Tens of animals are included in the International Red Book and the Red Book of the Republic of Moldova.
Meanwhile, construction works are being carried out in order to expand the collection. We are also working at the international level to get permission to populate the territory with new species of animals. So far, there was no permission to move the bears to a larger cage. A new aviary is now being built for brown bears, to which the bears will be transferred in spring 2020.
For more news related to the supply of the collection and other issues regarding the activity of the Chisinau Zoo, go to «НОВОСТИ» column on our website.
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THE SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION OF CULTURALIZATION AND TRAINING
– is a real centre of research, education and studies, leisure.
The institution scientific activities and plays an important role in recovering rare and endangered animals.
ABOUT THE ZOO
In 2010, new aviaries for birds and new winter houses appeared on the territory of the institution, a sculptured composition for decorative birds was created, the collection was enriched with rare and very valuable specimen.
In spring, mature bears will be moved to a modern aviary, and a “kindergarten” will be prepared for the baby bears that will be brought from Kamchatka.