‘House of Fallow Deer’ and ‘Royal Apiary’: enclosures working in winter

October 22
Parks and pedestrian areas

There are enclosures in the natural areas of Moscow, where you can watch different animals for free. However, with the cold weather onset, many inhabitants of enclosure complexes are relocated to animal hotels.

So, in October, animals and birds leave the Kuzminki-Lublino natural-historical park, the Tsaritsino natural-historical park, the Troparevsky landscape reserve and the Serebryany Bor natural landmark. In addition, some of the inhabitants leave the ‘House of the Fallow Deer’ in the Zelenogradsky complex reserve. Muscovites and guests of the capital will be able to see these animals only in May next year.

However, several enclosures work all year round: here, the animals who know how to keep warm in the cold weather or for whom the heated houses are built. Mospriroda employees of conduct excursions and tell about such inhabitants: fallow deer, goats, sheep, squirrels, pheasants. Anyone can visit the complexes. It's free, but social distance is required.

Enclosure complex in the ‘Bitsevsky Les’ natural-historical park

Goats, sheep, squirrels, domestic chickens and five species of pheasants live in the ‘Bitsevsky Les’ park. There are enclosures, as well as a corral for small ruminants.

Squirrels insulate their nests themselves. Goats and sheep have a heat-insulated house, in addition, they have a good fat layer and thick coat. Pheasants and chickens do not need additional heating of aviaries, only the mesh is partially covered with a film from the wind.

During excursion, you can learn about the physiology of animals, the peculiarities of their behavior and habitats.

Address: Novoyasenevsky Tupik, house 1 (the nearest metro stations are Novoyasenevskaya and Bitsevsky Park). Phone: +7 495 426-00-22.

Muscovites can independently watch animals on weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m.; a preliminary appointment is required to participate in the excursion.

 ‘House of fallow deer’ enclosure complex

The area of the "’House of fallow deer’ is 1.2 hectares and is conditionally divided into two parts: open, without green spaces, which occupies 0.46 hectares, and forest — 0.74 hectares. Where there is no vegetation, there is an amphitheater-a lecture hall for ecological and educational events and a gallery with permanent and seasonal photo exhibitions dedicated to the inhabitants of the natural areas of Moscow. Nearby there is an interactive site with ‘Winged Panorama’, ‘Animals - Large and Small’, ‘Animal Trails’ thematic stands.

Rabbits and poultry: chickens, turkeys, musk ducks, guinea fowls and pheasants leave the ‘House of fallow deer’ for the animal care center until spring. In the forest part of the enclosure complex, European fallow deer remain on semi-free keeping. Visitors can watch them at any time of the year from the observation deck.

Address: Zelenograd, Nikolsky Proyezd, behind the house 2. Phone: +7 499 735-55-56.

The ‘House of fallow deer’ is open to visitors daily from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. (except the last Monday of the month, when employees conduct a sanitary day).

Enclosure complex in the ‘Royal Apiary’ ecocenter

There are three wooden aviaries where an long-eared owl, a tawny owl and two eagle owls live. In addition, during the sightseeing tour, visitors will find out the stages of beekeeping development, will see operating apiary and will talk about the biology of the honey bee.

All residents of the aviary complex live in the central part of Russia and easily stand up to winter without needing additional insulation or special care.

Address: Izmailovskaya Paseka village, house 1 (the nearest metro stations are Izmailovskaya and Shosse Entuziastov). Phone: +7 499 166-36-87.

You can visit the ‘Royal Apiary’ only by appointment.

Source: mos.ru

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