HOW  TO  FIND  TAME  MOOSE

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The farm accepts visitors from 10 to 15, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Better to come at 10 than at 15!

No pets. Don't bring sweets: the guide will give you some carrott. Follow your guide, no self-activity.

Some adult moose are free ranging; chasing and embracing them is for your own risk.

No booking needed for small groups. Come and have a tour.

See previous page for details of the tour.

Print and have in your pocket this page with maps and explanation.

In SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN and first half of winter,
visitors are accepted on the Smarokovo moose farm.
Use the LEFT map and read the detailed description below.
57°42.46'N; 41°10.11'E. This is the approximate position of the right turn to a gravel road from asphalt;
57°40.50'N; 41°12.40'E. This is the approximate position of the farm entrance.



Attention!

In WINTER, when the snow is deep,
domestic moose live in the Gridino Datscha Forest near the asphalt road;
visitors are accepted there.
Use the RIGHT map and read the detailed description below.
57°42.60'N; 41°13.21'E. This is an approximate position of winter moose range.
>57°42.25'N; 41°13.00'E. This is the position of the left turn from an asphalt road to moose troughs.


In 2017, moose left the farm for the winter camp on January, 12.
In 2016, they returned to the Sumarokovo farm on April, 9




If you see that this page is out of date, in January and March-April,
please, call before your visit and ask where to go.
Watch guide-boards near the road (57°42.46'N; 41°10.11'E) which show you whether to turn to the forest or to the farm.
I usually update this page when moose move to the forest or return to the farm (as soon as I can).


MARCH (APRIL)–JANUARY            JANUARY–MARCH(APRIL)
SUMMER MAPWINTER MAP


In Kostroma you can call a taxi by phone. Local numbers are 492249, 336633, 352352, 345678, ... It's expensive – about 750-800 roubles with wait and return – but easy. More expensive is to take taxi from the railway and bus stations.

How to find the farm yourself


!!!Warning!!! Never ask the Kostroma dwellers how to find Sumarokovo. More known is another Sumarokovo in the Susanin district of Kostroma region, situated 60 km apart from Kostroma by another road. Moose are not so far from Kostroma town, they live less than 20 km away from its center. You can ask about Gridino and Moose farm but Sumarokovo.



In SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN and first half of winter:

By car: drive along the main street of Kostroma - Sovetskaya; Kineshemskoye highway continues it. (By the way: if you are traveling by a tractor or a tank, you have a chance to reach Kineshma, but Kineshma is not the aim of your trip). Having crossed the Kostroma border, watch for the left arrow sign «Karavaevo 1 km». If you see it, you are on the right way. Keep straight on. Then see a tremendous sign near the right turn to «Sanatorium Kolos». Move straight on, but  slacken the speed, you are entering Poddubnoye. Just after first houses of Poddubnoye fork left, to Ikonnikovo. Sometimes a left arrow sign «Ikonnikovo» appears near the fork, but time after time rockers riding their motorcycles and crushing everything on their path destroy that sign. Also sometimes a large advertisement board with a moose photograph and a map like you see above towers over the fork. Do not forget to turn left here, because traffic in the right direction, towards a church on Krasnoye road  is heavier. Immediately after the fork the road has a falling gradient to Semionkovo and a small bridge over Sendega River. After a rapid ascent you enter a pine forest. Next small bridge is over Tetkish stream near small cottages, then a big village Gridino appears with a school, small shops, local administration office, post office, cultural center and a bus stop on the top of the hill. Look at your speed counter near the bus stop, now you are 1,3 km away from the right turn to a gravel Sumarokovo road. Don't miss the right turn after a small stream. Another advertisement board «Sumarokovo moose farm» sometimes (until rockers' raid) stands near the turn. The board has an arrow to show visitors where to go. After the turn, on the left hand you see a borrow pit and a cemetery behind it. The gravel road is passable (but corrugated) all through the year. The distance from the turn to the farm is about 6 km. Villages Spass, Demidkovo, Sumarokovo have no identification marks (nameboards); «kilometers here are not measured» as locals say. About 1 km before the farm you will see a wooden «arc» (the farm entrance) on the left hand behind the field.

By bus: from the bus terminal station Kostroma take the bus routes to Guschino or Sintzovo. There are 6 or 7 bus runs every day, but only 2 or 3 of them depart in the early morning. Duration of a bus trip is about 20-25 minutes. Alight at the request stop «Spass» - next after Gridino. Don't forget to warn the driver about your stop when the bus is standing at Gridino stop! Then walk along the gravel road about 6 kilometers. Villages Spass, Demidkovo, Sumarokovo have no identification marks (nameboards), «kilometers here are not measured» as locals say. About 1 km before the farm you will see a wooden  «arc» (the farm entrance) on the left hand behind the field.



In WINTER, if moose are in the Gridino Forest:

By car: drive along the main street of Kostroma - Sovetskaya; Kineshemskoye highway continues it. (By the way: if you are traveling by a tractor or a tank, you have a chance to reach Kineshma, but Kineshma is not the aim of your trip). Having crossed the Kostroma border, watch for the left arrow sign «Karavaevo 1 km». If you see it, you are on the right way. Keep straight on. Then see a tremendous sign near the right turn to «Sanatorium Kolos». Move straight on, but  slacken the speed, you are entering Poddubnoye. Just after first houses of Poddubnoye fork left, to Ikonnikovo. Sometimes a left arrow sign «Ikonnikovo» appears near the fork, but time after time rockers riding their motorcycles and crushing everything on their path destroy that sign. Also sometimes a large advertisement board with a moose photograph and a map like you see above towers over the fork. Do not forget to turn left here, because traffic in the right direction, towards a church on Krasnoye road  is heavier. Immediately after the fork the road has a falling gradient to Semionkovo and a small bridge over Sendega River. After a rapid ascent you enter a pine forest. Next small bridge is over Tetkish stream near small cottages, then a big village Gridino appears with a school, small shops, local administration office, post office, cultural center and a bus stop on the top of the hill. Look at your speed counter near the bus stop, now you are 4,3 kilometers away from the left turn to moose troughs. Keep straight on, do not turn to a gravel road behind Gridino near another advertisement board «Sumarokovo moose farm». After a borrow pit and cemetery 3 km through the forest remain to the left turn to moose troughs. Moose are less than 1 km away from the asphalt road.

By bus: from the terminal station take a bus route to Guschino or Sintzovo. Buy a ticket «to moose» or to Golovtsino turn. There are 6 or 7 bus runs every day, but only 2 or 3 of them depart in the early morning. The nearest stop is 1,2  km before the turn to moose troughs and called Ratushino. Try to ask the bus driver to drop you off «near moose», 1,2  km farther, but if he doesn't agree, you'll have to walk 1,2  km along the same road from Ratushino bus stop. Duration of a bus trip is about 20-25 minutes. Then walk along a forest fire-break to the left from the asphalt. Don't proceed occasionally to Golovtsino turn; it is 3,3 km farther than «moose» turn.



In January and March-April:

In January, moose are led from the farm to the woodcut.
In March-April moose are led from the woodcut to the farm.
If I am able, I place the information about this on the page. From May to December, go directly to Sumarokovo farm. Please call to verify information in January or March-April. In 2014 the distance between the farm and the woodcut is 4 km (by straight line) and 10 km along roads.



Contacts:

The moose farm:

Mail address:  Grachev Nikolay Leonidovich, the director, 128a, Prospekt Mira, Kostroma, 156013, Russia.

Phone and fax  (8 494 2) 35 94 33 (the accountant-general, booking group tours in advance).

Cellular phones: +7 910 958 01 67 (the director Grachev Nikolay Leonidovich), +7 903 895 40 48 (the accountant-general, booking group tours in advance).  Please remember that they speak only Russian.

E-mail: loseferma@yandex.ru  – official negotiations for booking group tours in advance, buying moose milk and calves.

E-mail: moosefarmer@mail.ru or moosefarm@newmail.ru – informal discussion of moose farming and other nature conservation questions.

Any negotiations for booking group tours in advance, buying animals and moose milk should be held only with Sumarokovo Moose Farm administration. No preliminary booking is necessary for small groups (not a bus). Come and have a tour.



The Ivan Susanin Sanatorium:

The Sanatorium uses moose milk for peptic ulcers therapy

The Internet address: http://sansusanin.ru/ (in Russian)

E-mail: susanin@kosnet.ru

Phones: Manager: +7-(494-2)-66-03-84 Administrator: +7-(494-2)-66-04-03 (round-the-clock) Fax: +7-(494-2)-66-04-01; +7-(494-2)-66-04-60

The regular mail address: The Ivan Susanin Sanatorium, post office Borovikovo, Krasnoselsky region, Kostromskaya Oblast,157942,  Russia



This Internet site is made and supported by Alexander Minaev, senior scientific researcher, working in the A.N.Severtzov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation. I am ready to discuss any question concerned «moose farming» except selling animals and moose milk and booking tours, because I am not the moose farm employee and live in Moscow. I spend 2-3 months a year on the farm, but in better days I could spend twice as much. Excuse me for poor English, English is not my native language. Improvements are welcome. My opinion about moose life and death may not coincide with the opinion of the farm administration.

My personal e-mail addresses are moosefarmer@mail.ru and moosefarm@newmail.ru. I try to receive messages at least once a day.

An author's film «Moose, a domestic animal. The Kostroma moose farm», all about life on the farm, is available (DVD, 90 min., now also in English).