Squirrels invade Moscow’s Gorky Park

The wildlife in Gorky Park is becoming much more diverse, as the popular amusement venue welcomes some guests from the forests of Altai – 20 squirrels to be precise.

They will be living in a specially-built nursery before being set free in the park. Special houses for the squirrels have been put up around the grounds.

A few weeks ago, the park acquired two rare black-necked swans. The birds are native to South America, but this couple were raised in Russia. They were given to Gorky Park by private owners. The swans are swimming around the park’s 200-year-old Golitsinsky Pond.

Gorky’s manager says the eventual aim is to introduce 200 species to the Park.

With new owners in charge, Gorky Park is now undergoing a major revamp, scheduled to be completed in five years.

Although the picture-postcard view with roller-coaster rides on the bank of the Moskva River is about to become part of history, the park still has plenty on offer.

“If we’re talking in terms of large recreation zones, this project can be compared to France’s Disneyland,” Konstantin Kovalev, managing partner of the Blackwood realty agency, told RT. “It should have a hotel and many leisure zones for different ages.”

Among Gorky Park’s other recently-built sites is a city beach right on the bank of the Moskva River, which is already decorated for the cause as there is a range of beautiful pots with olive trees from Italy.

The park has also rolled out a new action-packed sports program for the next three months. You can attend free yoga lessons and take part in dance and fitness classes led by one of Russia’s top gyms.

In addition, the park now boasts free Wi-Fi areas, as well as bike rental, which costs 200 rubles per hour per bike.

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