6 May 2019

Journey to the Animal World

In the spring of 2019, pupils of SBI LR (State Budgetary Institution of Leningrad Region) Nikolsky Resource Center, that provides assistance to orphans and children left without parental care, visited the Leningrad Zoo and the Zoological Museum. These offsite events were part of the program organized by IACU (International Association of Civil Unions) International Association for Culture with the support of Gazprom export LLC.

The Leningrad Zoo is a unique wildlife museum in the very historical center of St. Petersburg. Today it is home to 600 species of mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates from all over the world. During the excursion, the children discovered a lot about the diversity of wildlife of the whole planet without leaving the city and were able to expand their horizons in the field of biology, zoology and ecology. In addition, the children visited several special exhibitions organized at the zoo. The Tracker Trail introduced them to the nature of Leningrad Region and its inhabitants, the Little Inhabitants of the Big World acquainted them with amazing little animals, and the Rural Life gave them an insight into the village life of the late XIX-early XX centuries.

The Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences has one of the three largest collections in the world, with more than 30,000 exhibits. The children learned many interesting facts about the life of animals and the main aspects of modern evolutionary biology and Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, as well as about the most famous geographical and zoological discoveries. They saw a unique collection of corals and mollusks, tropical birds and marsupials. Of course, a visit to the “mammoth hall” with the famous stuffed Berezovsky mammoth and the skeleton of the southern elephant was one of the most memorable moments.


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