The Leningrad Zoo is one of the oldest Russian zoos. Preserving the architectural planning of the 19th century, the zoo is a part of the city's architectural ensemble, as well as a keeper of its historical legacy.
It was founded August 14, 1865. Initially it was a private menagerie. It was opened and contained at private expense of Dutch Prussian citizenship Gebgardt Julius and his wife Sophia. Later, the zoo was changed a lot of owners, while being a private institution more than 50 years.
The zoo became the own of a state in 1917, due to the issued Decree "On the nationalization of private entertainment business". The zoo as well as a Leningrad city both survived the Great Patriotic War and the blockade.
Leningrad Zoo is considered to be the unique museum of wildlife, nature protection and educational institution; more than 600 kinds of mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates from different corners of the Earth are kept there.
The postage stamp depicts a pelican against the background of an aviary.
Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” will manufacture an illustrated cover with a stamp and first day covers with cancellations (Moscow, St Petersburg) inside.
Design: O. Shushlebina
Face value: 19 RUB
Size of stamps: 32.5×65 mm, size of sheets: 160×175 mm
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 8 (4×2) stamps
Circulation: 320,000 copies (40,000 sheets).