The Kharkiv Zoo has an important historical value, and is also an object of the Kharkiv Nature Reserve Fund of general state importance. This is the first zoo in Ukraine (founded in 1895), as well as one of the twenty oldest in the world.
A few months before February 24, 2022, the zoo opened after reconstruction and became the first in the country of European class and one of the best in Europe! It was supposed to become the safest and most comfortable place for animals, but the Russian invasion began – the war, and the whole city of Kharkiv, including the zoo and its inhabitants, have been suffering from shelling for more than a year.
For a while, the zoo completely stopped its activities, because it was dangerous, now the zoo is partially functioning, but it still needs our support.
During 2022, we managed to support the animals with food, but this support is necessary constantly. In terms of the value of the collection, the zoo ranks second in Ukraine – after the Kyiv Zoo. Currently, there are 1,962 people in the zoo, and these are more than 200 species of animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. It is for them that we are starting to raise funds for food and nutrition.
This is not the first time that the zoo has become the epicenter of hostilities. On August 22, 2008, a monument to zoo residents who managed to escape during the German-Soviet war was opened in the zoo on the alley opposite the entrance to the house of primates. Among the surviving inhabitants were three macaques – Hector, Rosa and Desi. They managed to escape from the destroyed monkey house during the bombing. The monkeys survived the occupation in Derzhprom, food was shared with them by compassionate people, and after the liberation of the city, the macaques were caught and returned to the zoo. It was their figurines that decorated the monument.
We are waiting for the victory of Ukraine and we believe that the zoo with all its inhabitants will soon be under a peaceful sky, and each of us will be able to support not just the animals, not just with a charitable contribution, but to personally visit the zoo.