Entrance to Kharkov Zoo (cropped) (Dennis Vitchenko – Creative Commons Licence)


Location:  Kharkov Zoo (Kharkiv Zoo)

Address:  Sumskaya St., 35Kharkiv 61022, Ukraine

Telephone:  + 380 57-705-4490

Email:  science@kharkov.ukrtel.net

Website:   http://zoo.kharkov.ua/en

Exhibit:  Bear Pavilion


None since 21 April 2019 following death of Tim (male).  Born in the wild on Wrangel Island, Russia in 1985


The zoo was founded in 1896 and has been exhibiting polar bears since 1925.  As well as the single polar bear the Bear Pavilion also has brown bears and Ussuri black bears.  The enclosures are separated from the public by moats which, when filled, provide swimming pools for the bears.

Facilities are outdated and the zoo has had financial problems in the past.  A modernisation programme is in place but the future of the outdated polar bear enclosure is uncertain since the death of Tim.

Tim’s diet was listed on the zoo’s website as being mainly composed of meat, frozen fish and fish oil, supplemented with bread, porridge, vegetables and mineral supplements.

In the 1960’s polar bears were successfully bred in the zoo with Severyanka giving birth to 13 cubs who were dispersed to other zoos.


  1.  Outdated facilities
  2.  High summer temperatures.

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Page updated 28 February 2021