I.Metshin on the zoo opening: “We have faced a huge number of requirements, which we carried out step by step”
A new zoo “The
Zambezi River. Africa” will open in Kazan at the end of December. Presently,
the relocation of animals to new enclosures has already begun, where they adapt.
Many inhabitants will appear in the zoo by the aid of sponsors. The mayor of
Kazan Ilsur Metshin thanked them and noted that the opening of the zoo will be
a wonderful gift for residents and guests of the city for the New year.
“We have built a
lot of technically complicated facilities, but the zoo is quite a different construction
Construction of “The Zambezi River” began in 2015,
Director of MBIC “Kazan zoo” Fanis Nurmukhametov reminded. “The work was
difficult, because this experience was new for the management of the zoo, as
well as for the designers and builders” - he said. “The deadline had to be
postponed, because the main thing was not to open an exclusive recreation area,
but to create conditions for animals as close as possible to their habitat”.
During the construction, the work plans were regularly
coordinated with the animal supervisors, and zoo staff visited the assigned
areas daily and made their own adjustments.
The exterior of the expositions of the new zoo, as
well as all its facilities, is designed in the African style. There are
recreation areas, children's playgrounds, a sports complex and a climbing wall.
It’s possible to rest and dine in the restaurant with an outdoor observation area,
said the Director of the zoo. Ramps and Braille type signs have been installed
for people with disabilities.
Today, the landscaping of the new territory has been
completed: 300 trees, 4 thousand 800 shrubs and 14 thousand perennial plants
have been planted, which occupy half of the territory of the zoo.
“We have built many technically complicated facilities
for the international events. Among them are the stadium “Kazan arena”, the Water
sports Palace, exhibition center “Kazan Expo”. But the zoo is quite a different
construction site, - commented the mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin. – We have faced
a large number of requirements of the international animal protection organizations
which we carried out step by step. Yes, we had to wait a long time, but given
the scale of the project, this is understandable. The new zoo will be a real
gift for residents and guests of the city".
22 out of 34
planned animal species have been delivered to the zoo: hamadryas, ostriches,
lions and blue wildebeest
Some animal species that planned to be imported are
not represented in any of the Russian zoos, F.Nurmukhametov noted.
Today, according to him, work is still underway to
eliminate the remarks of international coordinators of the programs for the
rare animal species preservation.
At the moment, 22 out of 34 planned animal species
have been delivered to the zoo: hamadryas, ostriches, leopard tortoise, Brazza’s
monkeys, meerkats, damans, dik-diks, lions, blue wildebeest and others. Another
8 species will be delivered at the end of the month - flamingos, griffon
vultures, crowned cranes, ground hornbill, elephant bird, zebras, cheetahs and
chimpanzees. The zoo will become fully inhabited in 2020-2021, the speaker
The relocation of the animals to the new enclosures,
where they undergo adaptation, began on October 30. Meerkats, damans,
crocodiles and griffon vultures have already moved into spacious comfortable
enclosures, and on November 7 the largest animal of the zoo – hippo Zacharia
The loyalty program “A friend of the zoo”, which was
used to raise funds for the purchase of animals, helped to create a unique
collection of animals. As F.Nurmukhametov told, 33 enterprises became sponsors
of purchasing 232 animals. “This is the unique example of creation a collection
with the help of sponsors in Russia", – F.Nurmukhametov noted.
There are sources of funding for all animals, except
for the family of African elephants, the speaker noted. In total, the zoo plans
to purchase four elephants.
“We thank everyone who participated in the creation of
the zoo. First of all, the President Rustam Minnikhanov, colleagues from the government
and all concerned representatives of the business community – I.Metshin
said.Honestly, when Rustam Minnikhanov instructed
me to take the lead in raising funds for animals, I have felt concerned. But here
we are - 232 rare African animals are in the zoo, so a journey of thousands
miles begins with a single step. Together with our President, we are able to
perform such tasks".
It is important to observe all rules of animals’
transportation to minimize stress for them, the head of the city added. “We
need to approach carefully the period of adaptation – he noted. - I am sure
that after the opening of the zoo, residents of Kazan, regardless of the age,
will take an opportunity to visit the zoo”.