The mummified cave lion cubs Boris and Spartak and mammoth Yuka were brought to Zaryadye in the frames of the 4th Festival of the Russian Geographical Society. There are actions at all the locations of the park. Visitors get acquainted with the diverse nature of Russia and the cultural heritage of the peoples of our country, learn that traveling in Russia is exciting and affordable. The festival runs until September 22.
The festival program includes lectures by famous scientists and travelers, creative meetings with photographers and filmmakers, workshops on dancing, musical instruments playing and crafts, performances by national collectives from all over Russia, screenings of documentaries, intellectual games and quizzes with prizes.
In the frames of the festival, there are themed days of the Urals and Bashkiria organized in the park. Guests will get acquainted with the culture of the regions and see performances by music and dance collectives from Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, and Ufa. In addition, folk ensembles from Kursk, Ryazan, Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Lipetsk, Tomsk regions and Karelia will perform on the stage of Large Amphitheater.
In the days of the festival, outside installations will appear on the Meadow. There will be dwellings of the peoples of Russia placed in the park: tepee, yurt, yaranga, urasa, kuren and the modern traveler’s house — geodesic dome. Guests of the festival, for example, can learn that Yakut urasa is the oldest frame dwelling, and during the construction of Kuban hut kuren, people used to throw flocks of pet hair and feathers of poultry into the foundation for the future prosperity of the house.
Deep water research fans will enjoy a styled underwater Bathyscaphe vehicle which will “immerse” the guests into the White Sea and Lake Baikal. Visitors of the park will see an angelfish living only in northern seas, and the Baikal seal. The device is installed at the Media Center.
Through the “travel doors” installed at Nature Center, guests will have a chance to take virtual tours to the most interesting places of Russia in a company of the best guides of the country, finalists of the Russian Geographical Society contest “The Best Guide of Russia”. To travel to the Crimea, Stavropol Territory or Karelia, you just need to ring the doorbell.
In Time Machine media complex, guests can see the film “Russia 360 °”. Once inside the attraction, everyone can watch videos shot in the most interesting places in Russia in the format of 360 degrees. You can also see the reserves of our country in a VR cinema. Tickets are available at the ticket office, on the website and in Zaryadye park app.
The professionals of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) have brought the mummified cave lion cubs Boris and Spartak, whose age is 43,000 and 28,000 years, respectively. The lion cubs were placed in a special box near Nature Center. Scientists from different countries have already found separate bones and traces of these cats activity before, however, the completely preserved bodies of these animals is a sensational find, which was preserved to our days thanks to permafrost.
In addition, they have brought from Yakutia the mammoth Yuka, who lived about 34,000 years ago. A number of scientists believe that today, of all the remains of mammoths found, Yuka is the best preserved.
Most of its soft tissues, as well as hair and even the brain, remained nearly untouched. There were quite deep traces of predators’ claws found on the skin of Yuka. The excellent condition of the animal remains allows scientists to make the most daring plans, for example, to clone a mammoth.
Skeletons of prehistoric animals that lived on the territory of Russia, were brought from Vyatka Paleontological Museum. Guests can see the skeletons of the pareiasaurian, dicynodont and gorgonopsia of the Permian period, as well as the skulls of a cave bear and saber-toothed tiger.
For those who are interested in space travel, Roscosmos has opened an exposition where one can see the model of Angara-A5P launch vehicle and Orlan cosmonaut costume designed in the USSR for a safe stay in outer space. Exhibits are located in Media Center.
The historical exposition, created on the basis of the unique materials of the Scientific Archive of the Russian Geographical Society, tells about the expeditionary life of the great Russian travelers Pyotr Semenov-Tyan-Shansky, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Gombozhab Tsybikov, Nikolay Miklukho-Maklai, Georgy Sedov, and others. Guests can learn all the expedition stages: the search for sponsorship, movement in difficult places, parking lots arrangement, curious stories of researchers communication with local people. The exhibition represents the original travelers’ photographs, drawings, and diary notes.
The photo exhibition "The Most Beautiful Country" represents the works of the finalists and winners of the Russian Geographical Society photo contest. Guests of the exhibition can get acquainted with the traditions of the indigenous peoples of Russia, see rare animals, explore the ocean. The geography of the photos covers most regions of our country. Many shots were taken in inaccessible places and in conservation areas. Visitors can also see a unique collection of sculptures by Dashi Namdakov. The expositions are located on the lower floor of Media Center.
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A detailed schedule of events in the frames of the festival is available on the website of the Russian Geographical Society: