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  Russian people keeping zoo alive
Updated 10 November 2003, 17.01
Two snow leopards are waiting to be re-homed
Residents of a Russian city are helping to keep the animals in a cash-strapped zoo alive, according to TV reports.

Kaliningrad zoo can only afford to provide its creatures with a basic diet of hay and cereals.

But the staff and other local people are determined that the animals will not miss out. They've been bringing fruit and other treats to the zoo.

Apples and carrots have been donated by the sack load, but the zoo has been forced to sell animals to keep going.

A bear at the zoo
A bear at the zoo

Two female gibbons and a tapir were recently re-homed at London zoo and a couple of snow leopards are next in line to leave Kaliningrad.

The zoo has a troubled history.

It was founded in 1896, but there were only four animals left at the zoo by the end of the Second World War.

In the following years, it built up a collection of 370 species, but now it's in decline once again.

However, the local people are determined to help the animals - the keepers often turn up at work to find that food has been thrown over the fence.

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