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Russia: Meet the new guests of Leningrad Zoo: two Japanese macaque monkeys01:19

Russia: Meet the new guests of Leningrad Zoo: two Japanese macaque monkeys

Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
August 27, 2015 at 09:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Leningrad Zoo in Saint Petersburg welcomed its latest guests, two Japanese Macaque monkeys that were given as a gift by the mayor of the Japanese city of Shizuoka, Nobuhiro Tanabe on Thursday, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Zoo.

The Japanese macaques, which are instantly recognisable by their red faces, will reside in an outdoor enclosure since the natural habitat of the Japanese macaque, which are also known as "snow monkeys", is the colder, northern regions of Japan where snowfall is common.

Leningrad Zoo is the oldest zoo in Russia and started as a private menagerie, before being opened to the general public in August 1865. It was maintained by Dutch-Prussian Julius Gebgardt and his wife Sophia at their own expense until 1917.

Russia: Meet the new guests of Leningrad Zoo: two Japanese macaque monkeys01:19
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The Leningrad Zoo in Saint Petersburg welcomed its latest guests, two Japanese Macaque monkeys that were given as a gift by the mayor of the Japanese city of Shizuoka, Nobuhiro Tanabe on Thursday, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Zoo.

The Japanese macaques, which are instantly recognisable by their red faces, will reside in an outdoor enclosure since the natural habitat of the Japanese macaque, which are also known as "snow monkeys", is the colder, northern regions of Japan where snowfall is common.

Leningrad Zoo is the oldest zoo in Russia and started as a private menagerie, before being opened to the general public in August 1865. It was maintained by Dutch-Prussian Julius Gebgardt and his wife Sophia at their own expense until 1917.

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