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Zoo Calls for Food Donations

Published: September 4, 2013 (Issue # 1776)



  • According to zookeepers, animals at the local zoo are grateful for donations of fresh food as well as plants and toys.
    Photo: Mikhail Soldatenkov / for SPT

Leningrad Zoo is running its annual Autumn Gifts campaign, inviting locals to bring food as gifts for the parks animals.

Autumn is a time when many people harvest all the fruit and vegetables grown over the summer at their dachas, said Anastasia Arsenyeva, a representative of the zoo. The good quality soil here means that people can grow quite a lot of food, sometimes too much food and they dont know what to do with it all. To take advantage of this common problem, the zoo decided to establish an annual autumn campaign instead of food rotting and going to waste, we are offering locals the chance to donate their homegrown food such as apples, cucumbers, squashes and others to the zoo which can then be fed to the animals. Its a great way for local animal lovers to support the zoo without costing them much as well, she said.

Anyone interested in donating food needs to simply leave their produce at the zoos security gate, along with their contact details. The most generous donor will be awarded free tickets to the zoo. This autumn, in particular, the zoo is requesting raspberries and acorns, as both are difficult to source from suppliers.

Our aim is to develop and nurture a caring and responsible attitude towards animals within the community, especially with the younger generation. We hope that this food drive will encourage people to be interested in our animals and generate an increase in support, said Arsenyeva.

However, some people are skeptical of the zoos food drive, seeing the campaign instead as proof that the zoo does not have the proper funds or means to feed and look after its animals properly. While the zoo is owned by the city, it relies heavily on grants, with most funding allocated to repairing the zoos buildings and cages. So far, there has been no proof given to these claims and local animal rights organizations have not had to investigate any reports.

If the zoo was breaching animal violations and animals were starving or showing signs of not being fed properly, we would have learned about it, said Dinara Ageeva, head of the St. Petersburg branch of the VITA animal rights center.

It is difficult to say without investigating all the facts, but so far nothing indicates that there is a critical situation with the animals at the zoo this is just a campaign to let people provide gifts for the zoos animals, which is not a bad thing, she said.

As well as food, the Leningrad Zoo encourages visitors to support their animals in various other ways such as donating rubber toys, plastic barrels for enclosures and plants to help decorate the cages.

Nowadays there is enough revenue at the zoo to meet all the animals needs. However, our animals are always happy to be fed delicious homegrown food, full of vitamins and minerals. The more food that is donated the more money that can then be spent on improving their habitat, said Arsenyeva.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


The Womens Business Club is hosting a Beauty Brunch where participants are invited to discuss the latest news in the beauty industry and listen to lectures by professional stylists in the business.



Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldnt miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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