The Sakhalin Zoobotanical Park is the amazing place where it is possible to meet the wild populations brought from different parts of the world. Open-air museum but it is much more difficult to manage "exhibits" in such museum: they are alive and everyone has its own characteristics in behavior, nutrition and management.
The Sakhalin Zoo is the only nook of wildlife in the only area of the Russian Federation on islands, located in extremely snowy and adverse weather conditions.
On December 1, 1993 according to the decision of the Mayor I.P. Farkhutdinov the "Sakhalin Zoo" municipal enterprise has been formed. In 1994 animals have been temporarily placed inside the territory of City Recreation Park as buildings of country kindergarten where the subsequent moving was planned were in a critical condition. Besides structures the Zoo has received four hectares of the wood.
In 1995 it has been reorganized from the municipal enterprise to institution of culture. Animals were located on 600 sq.m. 20 Zoo keepers cared of them. At that time 47 animals – 21 species lived in a Zoo.
In September, 2000 the Governor has made the decision on Zoo reconstruction which was renamed into the Zoobotanical Park and was transferred into the regional ownership. Reconstruction is still continued. First of all the Office building where the cages with thermophilic animals and terrarium are located has been repaired. Open-air cages for animals are warmed, developed and rebuilt at all times. Besides now waterbirds – geese, ducks and swans have moved into new-built house facing the favorite lake where they like to splash and dive, and the lake was dredged, developed and improved.
As of November 1, 2016 176 species and 530 examples of animal, big and small, both hard-bitten and not really, and, of course, well-liked live in a Zoo. Indeed animals need our attention, care and tenderness therefore Zoo keepers try to give a part of their warmth to each animal.
12 species of bushes, 15 species of trees, 7 types of lianas, 90 species of cultivated plants, 80 species of herbage plant and 40 types of pileate fungi and mushrooms parasitic upon trees grow in a botanical collection of Zoo.
95 types of 91 species of animals of Sakhalin Zoo are registered in the International Red Book: alligator snapping turtle, Chinese soft-shelled turtle, African lion, Himalayan black bear, raccoon dog, reindeer, etc.
15 species of 10 animal types are registered in the Red Book of the Russian Federation: hooping swan, Dybowski's sika deer, Siberian tiger, ordinary eagle owl, etc.
8 types of 14 species of animals are registered in the International Union for the Protection of Nature (IUCN): white-tailed and Steller's sea eagle, Amur leopard, fish-owl, etc.
32 types of 57 species of animals are registered in the appendix (CITES) of The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora: Indian star tortoise, greater yellow-crested cockatoo, Goffin's Cockatoo, red-tailed African gray parrot, Siberian lynx, spectacled caiman, European wolf, etc.
9 types of 19 species of animals registered in the Red Book of Sakhalin region live in our Zoo: white-tailed and Steller's sea eagle, hooping swan, Tundra Swan, fish-owl, etc.
95 types of 241 species of red-book animals are located in Zoo in total.
The Sakhalin Zoobotanical Park is the only one in Sakhalin region, it is a full member of Euro-Asian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EARAZA) since 1994.
The Zoobotanical Park not only exposures animals, but also takes part in the international programs on preservation of animals and plants threatened and endangered species, and also arrange population recreation. The Zoobotanical Park arranges events, exhibitions, competitions, conferences. Pupils gain additional knowledge of zoology and ecology at the lessons given in the Zoobotanical Park.
Zoo Young Naturalists Club (ZYNC) is functioning. The Zoo became the place where you can have a good rest with friends or family, to learn a lot of new and interesting things about animals life, to enjoy communication pleasure.