HISTORY OF ESTABLISHMENT AND ACTIVITIES OF RGKP "PO" OKHOTZOPROM "
Until 1965, the Republican State Enterprise «PA» Okhotzooprom» functioned as the Kazakh zoological base of the branch of the Kyrgyz Zoological Combine.
In 1965, the Kazakh Zoological Base was reorganized into the Kazakh Zoological Combine, which until 1985 was part of the Moscow Zoological Association, with branches in Odessa and Ust-Kamenogorsk, and a system of pet shops located in the regions of the Kazakh SSR.
Since 1985, the Kazakh Zoological Combine and the «Priroda» chain of stores have become part of the Kazakh Main Department for the Protection of Wildlife under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kazakh SSR. In the same year, the plant included the Betpakdala, Aktobe and Guryev state hunting industry enterprises with an equipped technical base. Due to the high number of saigas in the republic, the plant was transferred to the responsibilities of commercial production of this steppe antelope and the sale of its horns on the foreign market.
Since 1987, the Kazakh Zoological Combine was reassigned to the Ministry of Local Industry with the status of the production association «Okhotzooprom». In 1989-1991 alone, the company sold about 100 tons of saiga horns.
Until 1991, PO "Okhotzooprom" was engaged in:
Breeding and trapping of laboratory animals (lake frog, white mice, rats and guinea pigs) for the needs of research institutes, educational institutions and medical institutions of the former USSR.
For the purpose of the animal trade, the association caught, raised and supplied representatives of various species of animals to the regions of the country and abroad (songbirds and decorative birds, steppe turtle, lizards, snakes, aquarium fish and others). To obtain poisons, various types of poisonous snakes and spiders were kept in the enterprise's serpentarium and insectarium.
As part of the state order, to save the gene pool, work was carried out to introduce a rare species of relict animal, the kulan, from the island of Barsa-Kelmes to the mainland.
Camels and pelicans were supplied by orders of the country's zoological parks.