The Leningrad Zoo or Leningradskiy Zoopark, sometimes called the Saint Petersburg Zoo or Sankt-Peterburgskiy Zoopark, in Saint Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), Russia, is located in ALexander Park in the Petrogradskaya Storona. It was founded by Sofia Gerhardt and Julius Gerhardt in 1865. It has about 2,000 animals from 410 species, including polar bears. The zoo was renamed from "Zoological Garden" to "Leningrad Zoo" in 1952. In 1991 the name was retained, even after the city resumed its former name of Saint Petersburg. Thank you Yuri for this cover with the stamp issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this zoo, the oldest in Russia.
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