RIGA (AFP) - If Russian president Dmitry Medvedev were to visit the zoo in Latvia's capital Riga this weekend, he would be sure to get a discount " not because of his position, but because of his name. Celebrating its 96th anniversary, the zoo is offering discounts on admission to people whose first or last names are derived from the names of animals or any of nature's furry, feathered or scaled creatures " something all too common among Latvians and Russians. Medvedev would qualify for the zoo's discount as his name in Russian is derived from "bear". Dating to the roots of pagan and animistic nature worship, Latvians often have names drawn from nature and animals. Famous Latvians certainly fit into the category, from legendary hockey goalie Artus Irbe " meaning partridge " to a spokesman for the Latvian foreign ministry, Ivars Lasis " meaning salmon. Almost 800 people with animal-like names visited the zoo in 2007 as part of a marketing campaign offering them discounts. Opened on October 14, 1914, when Riga was part of the Russian empire, the zoo now hosts 3,112 animals of 423 species