Yerevan Zoo

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Yerevan Zoo
Zoo logo
Date opened 1940
Location Yerevan, Armenia
Coordinates 40°11′45.47″N 44°33′1.85″E / 40.1959639°N 44.5505139°E / 40.1959639; 44.5505139Coordinates: 40°11′45.47″N 44°33′1.85″E / 40.1959639°N 44.5505139°E / 40.1959639; 44.5505139
Land area 35 hectares (86 acres)
Number of animals 2749[1]
Number of species 204[1]
Website www.yerevanzoo.am

The Yerevan Zoo, also known as the Zoological Garden of Yerevan (Armenian: Երևանի կենդաբանական այգի (Yerevani kendabanakan aygi)), is a 35-hectare (86-acre) zoo established in 1940 in Yerevan, Armenia.

Animals[edit]

At present the zoo is home to about 2749 individuals representing 204 species. Species representing the South Caucasus and Armenia include brown bears, Bezoar goats, vipers, Armenian mouflon, and black vultures. Other species at the zoo from around the world include lions, tigers, hyenas, and an Asian elephant named Grantik.[1][2]

Conservation[edit]

Since Armenia is a biodiversity hot spot, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) has leased and taken over management of about 839 hectares (2,070 acres) near the Khosrov reserve, which until recently had been unprotected and at risk of poaching, illegal logging, and overgrazing. The Yerevan Zoo is cooperating with the FPWC to use this land for wildlife rehabilitation and the reintroducing critically endangered species of the area into the wild.[3]

Education[edit]

The entrance to the zoo
10th birthday anniversary of elephant Grant at the zoo

In 2012 the zoo, in cooperation with the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), the municipality of Yerevan, and the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, will open a zoo school. The main purpose of this school will be to teach schoolchildren the importance of biodiversity in Armenia and around the world, and it will use the zoo as an interactive classroom.[4]

The future[edit]

In April 2011 the Director of the FPWC took over control of the zoo to help change what the zoo itself describes as "unbearable conditions". The zoo will be partnering with the Artis Zoo (among others) to upgrade and renovate the zoo to modern standards.[5] Current plans call for the zoo to be expanded to about 50 hectares (120 acres), with construction completed in about 2014.[6][7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Our Animals". yerevanzoo.am. Yerevan Zoo. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Erevan Zoo (Yerevan) in Armenia". elephant.se. Elephant Encyclopedia. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Zoo and Wildlife Conservation". yerevanzoo.am. Yerevan Zoo. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Zoo School". yerevanzoo.am. Yerevan Zoo. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "New Beginnings". yerevanzoo.am. Yerevan Zoo. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Will Yerevan Zoo be Transformed?". mediamax.am. MediaMax. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ruben Khachatrian appointed new director of Yerevan zoo". arka.am. ARKA News Agency. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Yerevan Zoo at Wikimedia Commons