Kazan zoological and botanic gardens is one of Europe’s oldest institutions of its kind. It was founded at the University of Kazan as a botanical garden in 1806 by Karl Fedorovich Fuchs, and in 1829 acquired the coastal areas on the shores of Lake Kaban for the botanical garden area of 6.7 hectares.
In 1834, botanical garden was opened to visit. Today in the zoological greenhouse and botanic gardens there are palm trees that were planted in the nineteenth century (two copies trahikarpusa high over the age of 170 years). In 1931, the zoo and botanical gardens were merged into a cultural institution — the Kazan Zoological and Botanic Garden.
At present, Kazan zoological and botanic gardens is not only the oldest but also the only one in the Russian Federation, which combines the zoological and botanical departments.
In 1996, the zoological and botanic gardens became a full member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), from March 1997 is a full member of the Euro-Asian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (EARAZA), participates in the European captive breeding program (EEP).
Zoological and botanic gardens implements four major functions set forth in the «World Zoo Conservation Strategy»: conservation, research, education, recreation. One of the objectives of zoological and botanic gardens as environmental agencies, is to preserve the gene pool of flora and fauna species diversity. In fact zoological and botanic gardens is a nursery where stored and reproduced rare species of animals.
Kazan zoological and botanic gardens is one of the most popular holiday destinations of the citizens and visitors of the capital, where you can spend your leisure time nice and useful.