As part of the protection of wildlife and special attention to the problem of extinction of rare animals, September 22 has been World Rhino Day for 10 years. It was established to raise awareness of the need to preserve five existing species of rhinoceros: white, black, Indian, Javanese and Sumatran.
Such a date could not fail to be noted in the Russian State Circus, where two rhinos live: Boniface and Mafunyan. Boniface is now in the Kirov circus, and Mafunyan is waiting for the pandemic in Tverskoye. In honor of the holiday, the animals were given a real expanse of fresh hay, dried fruits and vegetables, and after breakfast, they had real spa treatments. However, the animals of the Russian State Circus are surrounded by such care every day, because for the employees and trainers of the company they are not only “partners” in numbers, but also their children.
By tradition, the Russian circus has always been distinguished by a large number of animals that are involved in performances. So in the Rosgoscirk there are more than 170 numbers with the participation of animals, the total number of which exceeds 1.4 thousand. The animals are kept strictly in accordance with veterinary and sanitary standards, and good nutrition is provided in accordance with the established feeding rations. In each branch of the Russian State Circus there is a veterinary worker who is the real “godfather” of circus animals. According to the advisor to the Rosgoscirk, animals have a daily examination, which is carried out by veterinarians, and those animals that are aging and physically unable to perform are not euthanized – they go to the performances with the artists, but do not participate, but watch from behind the scenes …
In the social networks of the Russian State Circus and the accounts of artists, you can find out about how circus animals live. See where and in what conditions they live, what they eat and how they spend their time. So, trainer Dan Zapashny keeps on Instagram and YouTube a detailed diary about the everyday life of his partners in the arena – chimpanzees Bona and Malta. In addition, Rosgoscirk is launching online broadcasts of training, rehearsals, and animal feeding on the company’s official channel on the Instagram social network, which anyone can watch in real time. All this is done in order to remove the veil from the “black world” of the circus and dispel myths about the ruthless attitude towards animals, beatings during rehearsals, as well as about the terrible living conditions and condition of the wards.
However, one should distinguish between circus art and circus farce, which takes place in today’s reality in connection with private entrepreneurship and the absence of any restrictions from the state in this area of activity. According to Vladimir Shemyakin, general director of the Russian State Circus, the state-owned company often finds itself in unpleasant situations due to the private circuses operating throughout the country, which discredit the industry.