To have the most enjoyable memories from your Zoo visit, please keep to the following rules of conduct and pay attention to the information displayed on animal enclosures. Feel free to approach the zoo staff if necessary. We’d like to remind you that a zoo is an institution of increased risk.
Please note what is not allowed at the Zoo:
Entering the Zoo with animals
This safety precaution was introduced not to let our animals get infected with some diseases brought from the outside.
Entering the Zoo while intoxicated
A zoo is an institution of increased risk where a person unable to control their behaviour can be seriously injured.
Feeding the animals
For every Zoo animal, our professionals have developed a special diet which includes all the necessary elements for this animal to be healthy. All the treats, even natural ones like fruit and vegetables (let alone harmful and dangerous foods not of natural origin) that you give to our animals, come on top of their daily feeding ratio, which leads to diseases and early deaths.
Climbing over the fences, putting children on them
Throwing objects into enclosures
Sticking your hand between the bars or through the net of enclosures
Even a most harmless-looking animal can injure a person as the Zoo animals, with very few exceptions, are not tame and can attack.
Tapping on the enclosure windows, making excessive noise near them, teasing our animals
Taking photos of animals using a flash
Any sudden stimuli: a tap, a shout, or a camera flash, stress the animals, and stress causes very many diseases.
Littering, tearing leaves off the trees, spoiling lawns, walking on grass
There are a lot of litter-boxes at the Zoo. Let’s all together keep our zoo beautiful, green, and clean! It’s your Zoo too, isn’t it?
Entering construction sites and staff-only rooms
This can put your health at risk.
Leaving your children unsupervised
There have been cases of children running away, getting lost, and even leaving the Zoo without their parents.
Leaving your belongings unattended
The Zoo administration isnot responsible for lost items.
Please note what is not allowed at the “Children’s zoo”:
Entering the Zoo with food or drinks
Entering the Zoo on roller-skates and with baby buggies
Feeding the animals on the food brought with you
Making excessive noise, running, shouting, teasing animals
Letting the animals escape or taking them outside the area
Please note what is not allowed inside the Exotarium pavilion:
Entering with food or drinks
Entering on roller-skates, with bicycles, kick scooters, skateboards
Feeding the fish and other animals
Lowering your hands into the open aquariums or throwing objects, including coins, into them
Taking photos of fish and reptiles using a flash
Enjoy your visit!
Why is it not allowed to feed the animals?
For each animal the zoo specialists have developed and calculated a special diet which contains all the necessary elements for this animal to feel well and live as long as possible bringing you joy! All the food on which you are trying to feed our animals comes on top of their daily nutrition and can very often be harmful to their health.
It is strictly forbidden to feed the animals on pop-corn, ice-cream, cotton-candy, and other treats with which you, our dear guests, like to indulge yourselves and your children while visiting the Zoo. It is also not allowed to give the animals brown or white bread, biscuits, and other foodstuffs not of natural origin that contain salt, sugar, spices, and preservatives. In fact, this can put them at an unacceptable health risk. If you bring fruit, vegetables, and greens to the Zoo and give them to the animals, these treats, as we’ve mentioned before, come in addition to their daily nutrition and though they may seem harmless, they lead to overeating and therefore obesity and other diseases of digestive system.
Who and where is it allowed to feed/see the animals eat?
If you would really like to see how and what our animals eat, we are inviting you to our feeding shows. At most of them the staff of Leningrad Zoo will comment, and you will have a chance to learn more about the zoo residents. In addition, there is public feeding with the elements of environmental enrichment at the Zoo. The staff hides treats for the animals in boxes or other items, so that they have to make efforts to get the desired tidbit. Therefore, the keepers vary the life of their animals. The animals play with the offered items, open and tear apart the boxes, and the feeding becomes an exciting game that is interesting for both the animals and visitors.
For more information about public feeding, please visit our Feeding Shows page.
For those who like to hand-feed animals, there’s Children’s Zoo here, and you can interact with such animals as pygmy goats, geese, chickens, turkeys, etc., and also feed the goats on the food prepared for them. These tidbits are available on sale next to the Children’s Zoo.
Our Children’s Zoo is located next to the Zoo central entrance.
Why is it not allowed to climb over the fences, stick your hands through the bars or net of enclosures?
We would like to remind you that the zoo is an institution of increased risk. Any animal, even if it looks harmless, can bite or in some other ways injure a person. With a very few exceptions, no animals in the Zoo collection are accustomed to a direct contact with humans. The enclosure is their territory which they are ready to defend especially if they have their young at the moment. That is why we kindly ask you not to ignore the plates “A dangerous animal!”, “Don’t approach the bars”, “Warning! The animal can bite!”, etc. The keepers place these warnings on the enclosures for your safety only.
Why is it not allowed to shout, tap on glass, tease the animals or take photos using a flash?
We understand perfectly well that our visitors would like to attract the attention of the Zoo residents and closely interact with them. However shouting or tapping on glass is not an option. A loud noise is an intensive stimulus which distresses an animal. Stress can cause very many diseases and therefore early death. If you care for animals, be more patient and take a moment to think: up to several thousand people a day (!) pass by the animal whose attention you are trying to attract.