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Some animals caught in the middle of the usual Moscow office, others fled from the owners. In the nursery many owls — they were taken by street photographers. There are lynx, which are unable to contain the former owners, and the circus she-wolf that bit a handler.

In the village of Andreykovo in Moscow region there is a place where you can see lions, monkeys, foxes, wild birds, turtles, raccoons and many different animals. They live in cages and pens on the territory of four hectares. Such spaces not everyone can boast of a zoo. This place is a rehabilitation center for wild animals The Department of natural resources and environmental protection of Moscow.

Animals and birds come here for different reasons, but mainly because calls Muscovites on the hotline of the Department: 7 (495) 777-77-77, and also as a result of withdrawal from unscrupulous owners.

Now in the center more than 600 animals, each with its own story. After a overexposure and rehabilitation will be released into the wild, some go to the zoo, and for whom the center will be home.

Contact zoos to the garage: how to bring animals

In Moscow still have a lot of contact zoos, where animals are kept in inappropriate conditions. As told the head of Department of biodiversity conservation Department of natural resources and environmental protection Sergei Burmistrov, Muscovites are much less likely to go to these zoos, the peak was about a year ago. Now many of them are closed and sell the animals, but the problem still exists.

“For me, the petting zoo is a typical rural courtyard, where live goats, pigs, chickens, then there are farm animals that you can feed, Pat, to observe without harming them. And when people put in “kontraktnik” lion cubs, monkeys, huge turtles and other animals are not suitable is wrong. We have, for example, there are monkeys, which withdrew from the zoo on the Arbat. It was nonsense, when in 200 metres from the Department of people decided to organize this petting zoo”, — says Sergey Burmistrov.

Quite often the animals are seized from smugglers, law enforcement officials, customs authorities and then passed to the center. About three years ago in terrible conditions was carrying five thick Lori and five macaques of laundered. They were transported in small stuffy boxes, the animals barely survived, and after got to the center, was restored about six months.

Someone got here from the usual Moscow office, such as the steppe Fox, someone kept for photo shoots, and someone ran away from the owners. In the nursery many owls — they were taken by street photographers. There are lynx, which are unable to contain the former owners, there’s a circus she-wolf that bit a handler.

Diet you can not break!

According to Sergei Burmistrov, now in the nursery 618 animals, ranging from parrots, the Central Asian turtles, ducks and monkeys and ending with lions, wolves, foxes and crocodiles. Still there are a lot of birds of prey. Citizens to save the Chicks that fall in a dangerous situation, or simply out of ignorance of pick up in the parks fledglings — Chicks who are just learning to fly, and passed to the center. These birds are undergoing rehabilitation, i.e. they are fattened, they grow up, learn to fly in a large aviary. If there are injuries, the vet treats them. Often such birds are released into the wild, usually on the green Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas.

In the nursery many representatives of the local fauna — foxes, ducks, snakes, mud turtle. Below animals after nursery could survive in the wild, they are fed what they eat in their natural environment. There is not teach, processed foods do not give — all the feed is live, is species-specific. For example, Kestrels are fed mice or rats.

Owners of wild animals too should follow this principle, because homemade food is not only to wean the animals from the natural environment, but may also prove detrimental to the body.

“Often people who give birth at home birds of prey, too lazy to buy a live mouse or rat, give them, for example, chicken, boiled meat. It is very harmful to birds, they quickly die. This is due to digestion,” explains the expert.

All residents eat in the rations of the Moscow zoo, which are painted that every animal should have a certain age. Predators get quail, rabbits, beef, hamadneh professional feed mixtures for each type, plus their diet is always fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts. For grazing — hay, straw, feed.

Animals eat mostly in the morning and evening, but not all — depends on the type. Lions, for example, are often fed once a day, many predators arrange fasting days. It turns out that it is useful for animals, as do all zoos. Cages daily cleaning service.

From the nursery to the zoo

The centre constantly interacts with the zoos. A few years ago the Amur tiger Tamerlan was transferred to Yaroslavl zoo, another tiger — Stepan — went to Great Ustyug in the Moscow branch of the zoo.

“At the time we got to the party klemantaski earless monitor lizards — rare view, everyone was in shock when I saw them here. They urgently transferred to Moscow zoo. It’s a priority, but to contact us can any Russian state zoo. We also gave the Barnaul and Lipetsk zoo three lions. In Lipetsk has left the two bears, which we took from the Park in Zelenograd. Pass on animals always free of charge. You have to understand that zoos never from nature animals do not take. They have a huge base exchange, plus our center sometimes helps to “cool off” from the point of view of genetics”, — says Sergey Burmistrov.

Fashion for the animals and the king of beasts

Over time the tastes of citizens are changing in different periods it is fashionable to have those or other animals. Your contribution makes a Chinese horoscope: year of the Dragon collected from the streets of iguanas and snakes in the year of the Pig in the center brought the mini-pig. Now popular to have big cats: caracals, servals, at least — PUM. And about three years ago started the fashion for raccoons, which is still ongoing.

“These are the real bullies. A raccoon may eat any wire, to take the thing to lay down your gadgets in the water, anything. They have high intelligence and hands instead of feet, so they easily cope with locks, latches, handles of doors and Windows and often run away. To domesticate a raccoon, you need a meticulous professional work with animals for socialization,” says the expert.

Kings of the kennel, as in the wild — lions. Everyone has their own spacious enclosure, and has its own story of moving to the center. Boniface for three years, he has a luxurious mane and a good careful look. Lion he was in a petting zoo on the Arbat. Experts from law enforcement agencies they came back with the check and took the animal. Lioness SIMA also seized by law enforcement agencies. The former owners took her to the photo shoot.

Today the five lions, and over the years it passed through the 12 big cats. They live in different zoos of the country.

The youngest of Lviv — joy. He’s only two months, he was taken from unscrupulous owners who kept a pet in the garage on a chain.

“The signal came from residents of prospect Mira seen walking the cub. The district with our inspectors arrived at the address, went to the garage, there he sat on the chain. Documents were two sets. There was ill-treatment — the problem with the paw, rickets plus inappropriate detention conditions”, — says Sergey Burmistrov.

Unfortunately, the problem with the paw not the only one. The Joey cataracts in both eyes. He will undergo surgery in the veterinary clinic, but first he needs to recover, fatten up and calm down. The cub is clearly on the mend — jumping in its cage, never sits still and plays with the center. But don’t mistake it for a kitten, it would take two or three months — and it will turn into a beautiful but dangerous animal, and the kennel will be one of the king of beasts anymore.

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