Roman Pashkovskyi’s Portraits of Animals from the Zoo Rescued from the Occupation

The XII Months park in the village of Demydiv, Kyiv Region, was under occupation for over 30 days. A few monkeys died from stress, and other animals almost ran out of food. The park was liberated on the 1st of April — its dwellers are recovering but still need help. Photographer Roman Pashkovskyi shot portraits of the animals who survived through hostilities, and the park’s director Mykhailo Pinchuk told Bird in Flight how XII Months resumes its operation.

There are checkpoints on the way to XII Months — the war is still very much in the air in the Kyiv region. Animals in the zoo still look shocked, too, often huddling themselves up into corners and against the walls, albeit showing no aggression. A zebra foal was even born here during the occupation. At the moment, XII Months, much like other zoos in Ukraine, is raising funds to feed animals because it hardly sees any visitors at all.

Mykhailo Pinchuk

— The war derailed many of our plans for early March. We wanted to rebuild outdoor cages, which were falling apart from age, and plant some greenery, but now we also have to repair the fence damaged by the shelling. It might take a month just for me to tell you everything we need to do now. Only half of our staff are currently working — others have either left the country or joined the Territorial Defence Forces or the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Still, we hope to re-open in mid-May, even though we currently have no understanding of how the situation on the frontline may develop or whether we would have visitors at all.

All the animals are back now. Only primates were evacuated to Western Ukraine — they are the first to die in the cold weather if there is no gas and electricity. Also, a few monkeys killed themselves, banging their heads against the wall from stress.

We need specialized zoo food, e.g., milled tree branches for giraffes or even hay, which is unavailable in Ukraine now. We definitely could feed animals with regular food, but only partially. We are waiting for aid from foreign zoos — it’s them that we are counting on the most because the Ukrainians did what they could in the first days of the war, and many have lost their jobs. Still, all we have got is their assurance for now.

How you can help Ukrainian zoos:

XII Months park
Card account (PrivatBank), card no. 5169 3324 0784 1611
Payment details:
USREOU Code: 43580570
IBAN: UA073005280000026006455080336
Hryvnia (UAH)
Beneficiary’s bank: OTP BANK JSC
Payment purpose: Charity donation

Kyiv zoo:
Company name: KYIV ZOO
USREOU code: 02221171
IBAN: UA463052990000026003036204524
Bank: CB PrivatBank JSC

Feldman Ecopark
Card no. 4176 4901 5000 1066, beneficiary name: Feldman Oleksandr Borysovych
ICF Oleksandr Feldman Fund USREOU code: 34965491 c/a: 26002025190001
IBAN: UA473003460000026002025190001
MFO: 300346 Beneficiary’s bank: Alfa-Bank PJSC, Kyiv
Community organization “FELDMAN ECOPARK”
USREOU Code: 38277267 IBAN: UA733510050000026001459721400

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