Lee Durrell, widow of Gerald Durrell
Nate Flesness, Director Emeritus (Species 360, then called ISIS)
Dr. Alex Rübel, Director Zurich Zoo emeritus, WAZA President 2001-2003
Mgr. Bc. Martin Krug, Ředitel/director, Rhino TAG member, Zoo Hodonín p.o.
Sandra Honigs, Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum Düsseldorf
Dr. med. vet. Andreas Knieriem, Director and CEO, Christian Kern, Zoological Director, Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde GMBH
Yutaka Fukuda, Ph. D.,DVM, Chair of JAZA, Director of Ueno Zoological Gardens
Tim Brown, Chairman and Founder, Independent Zoo Enthusiasts Society
Dr. Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck, CEO of the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria
Prof. Theo B. Pagel, WAZA President / Director of Cologne Zoo, Germany
Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling (President) and the entire team of Loro Parque
Steve H. Taylor, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Director Emeritus
Nadja Radovic, Nature Resource Network s.r.o.
Kumar Pillai, Vice President, Special Projects & Development, Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Ivan and Katarina Rehak, Prague, Czech Republic
We have always highly appreciated his sincere character, education, great life experience, sense of humor, as well as his extremely kind and friendly approach.
Dmitry E. Batmanov, Deputy Director of municipal state institution «Organizational and information service of the city of Yaroslavl»
The team of the Dushanbe Zoo «Gods of Khayvonot»
I did not have a chance to know him peronally, but saw the result of his work. I didn't have time to say thank you during his lifetime. I’m saying it now and hope that this respected man will hear me, wherever he is right now. Bow to the ground to all of you for this difficult work – to preserve the beauty of this world. This world would be poorer without your work.
Viktor Volonchunas, Deputy Chairman of the Yaroslavl Regional Duma
Natasha Pavlushina, animal painter, Novosibirsk
Voronezh Zoo team
Anna Iosifovna Klyukina, Director of the State Darwin Museum
Kirill Trantin, Director of the Kiev Zoo
Kharkiv Zoo staff
The staff of the Kharkov Zoo brings sincere condolences to the family and relatives of Vladimir Vladimirovich Spitsin. A wonderful man is gone, the work of his whole life was the zoo. He was a man with a big soul, a great heart and a sincere smile, who knew how to withstand the blows of fate, amazed us with his optimism, ability to rejoice and learn new things. Love for animals and the zoo business – this was the basis of Vladimir Vladimirovich's life. RIP…
Andrzej Krushevich, Director of Warsaw Zoo
Evgeny Y. Stupnikov, Director of the Information and Analytical Center for the Support of Wildlife Management
Dear Colleagues! Together with you we grieve for Vladimir Vladimirovich Spitsin. A professional and an ascetic, who did an invaluable lot for the development not only of Moscow Zoo and of the network of zoos in Europe and Asia, but also for the preservation of the planet's nature in general. Under his leadership, Moscow Zoo became one of the leading scientific, environmental and educational institutions of the country, whose specialists are constant participants in the implementation of initiatives for the conservation and restoration of rare species, including the activities of nurseries for breeding rare species of animals in specially protected natural areas of Russia.
For Vladimir Vladimirovich, there were no «other people's» problems, unimportant affairs or impossible undertakings. Many achievements and many established destinies are associated with his name. He knew how to unite professionals and simply make people care, reconciling sometimes even principled opponents – a rare gift of a talented leader. The union of young biologists of the zoo, the activities of which Vladimir Vladimirovich has always supported, has become a real school for the nature conservation movement, for professionals in nature conservation. Its graduates are now working in many protected natural areas and in scientific institutions of the post-Soviet space.
Vladimir Vladimirovich was a member of the Bureau of the Working Group on the Conservation and Reproduction of Certain Rare and Endangered Fauna Objects of the Russian Federation, created under the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, whose activities are coordinated by the Roszapovedtsentr. From personal experience, we were able to appreciate the amazing ability of Vladimir Vladimirovich to be able to calmly and very reasonably convince colleagues when discussing the most difficult issues. At the same time, he always remained a self-possessed, intelligent, professional of the highest category.
The passing away of Vladimir Vladimirovich is a huge loss for all of us. We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Vladimir Vladimirovich and the Moscow Zoo team.
Evgeny A.Bogatyrev, General Director of A.S. Pushkin Museum, and the staff of the museum
State Museum of A.S. Pushkin expresses its sincere condolences on Vladimir Vladimirovich Spitsin passing away, the president of Moscow Zoo, a wonderful professional, with whom we walked along the thorny, but bright and joyful museum road for many years.
Vladimir Vladimirovich was a specialist of the highest level, one of the best representatives of our profession in Russia. Brilliant talent, deep intelligence, sincerity, generosity won the respect of all who knew him. He made a significant contribution to the development of Moscow Zoo, the culture of Moscow and Russia.
Let's remember his deeds, his sincere feelings for us, while we are alive! We deeply grieve and we will forever remember the talent and glorious deeds of Vladimir Vladimirovich!
Svetlana G. Radionova, Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources
On behalf of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources, please accept our deep condolences on the death of Vladimir Vladimirovich Spitsin, President of Moscow Zoo and the Euro-Asian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums, academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. The contribution of Vladimir Vladimirovich to the formation and development of Moscow Zoo, the preservation and enhancement of its biodiversity is invaluable. Thanks to his hard work and indifference, the populations of many rare species of animals and birds have been increased. The memory of a wonderful person, selflessly devoted to his work, Spitsin Vladimir Vladimirovich will forever remain in the hearts of friends, students and everyone who knew and appreciated him.
Secretary of the «World Ocean Museum» Tatiana Demyanchuk
Cesare Avesani Zaborra, Executive Director and the entire team of Natura Viva
I express my deepest condolences over the loss of a great man, Vladimir Vladimirovich Spitsin. I had the honor to be a guest at the 150th anniversary of Moscow Zoo. There I was able to visit the amazing Center for the Reproduction of Rare Animal Species, which exists thanks to the idea and efforts of Vladimir Vladimirovich. It was an extraordinary and unforgettable experience, just like the hospitality we were greeted with. Thank you for everything you have done and for the value of your cultural contribution to our world.
Rolands Greizins, Chairman of the Board of Riga Zoo, Sergey Chichagov, Head of the Zoological Department of Riga Zoo, the staff of Riga Zoo
Ray Pawley, Hedda Saltz
The team of Leningrad Zoo
The team of Karaganda State Zoological Park
A talented leader, who was greatly respected by all who knew him, has passed away. For many years Vladimir Vladimirovich headed Moscow Zoo, actively contributed to the strengthening and development of friendly ties between zoos. The team of Karaganda State Zoological Park of the Department of Culture, Language Development and Sports of the city of Karaganda expresses its sincere condolences on the death of EARAZA President Spitsin.