150th Anniversary of the Leningrad Zoo
- Product Code: 002522
The price is indicated for a new block of stamps shown in the photo.
The Leningrad Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Russia. Preserving the architectural layout of the late 19th century, the zoo is part of the architectural ensemble of the city, as well as the custodian of its historical heritage.
The zoo in St. Petersburg was founded on August 14, 1865. It was originally a private menagerie. It was opened and maintained at their own expense by the Dutch of Prussian citizenship Julius Gebhardt and his wife Sophia. Subsequently, he changed many owners, remaining a private institution for more than 50 years.
The zoo passed into state ownership in 1917, when the "Decree on the Nationalization of Private Entertainment Enterprises" was issued. Together with the city, the Leningrad Zoo survived the Great Patriotic War and the blockade.
Today the zoo is considered a unique museum of wildlife, nature conservation and educational institution, it contains about 600 species of mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates from different parts of the world.
The postage stamp features a pelican in front of a bird aviary.