Wildlife and environment
Moscow Zoo to open climate-controlled Arctic and Amazonia pavilions
© RIA Novosti. Vitaliy Belousov

Moscow Zoo to open climate-controlled Arctic and Amazonia pavilions

The Moscow Zoo will open two new pavilions, The Arctic and Amazonia, the Moscow Mayor and Moscow Government's official website reports.

The Arctic pavilion will be located on the new territory of the zoo, in place of the polar bear house and the zoo depot, which are to be dismantled. Amazonia will be located on the zoo's old territory.

"No Russian zoo and no other zoo in the former Soviet Union has climate-controlled pavilions," the website reports, citing Svetlana Akulova, general director of the Moscow Zoo. "We looked to the experience of Germany, Netherlands and Austria. The new pavilions will become windows into other natural regions, other climates."

The Arctic pavilion will house polar bears, snowy owls, arctic foxes and fishes of the cold northern seas. Throughout the entire year, the temperature in the pavilion will range from —5 to —7 degrees Celsius. At the entrance, visitors will be able to get blankets and mittens.

These complexes will create the most comfortable conditions for the animals and will allow the Moscow Zoo visitors to travel to South America and the Arctic any time of the year, she added.