SLIDESHOW: Russian animal welfare fans celebrate the tiger

The International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW leads a program for the protection of tigers in the world. In the Far East, the foundation supports educational activities and provides financial assistance to anti-poaching teams and reserves.

One of our educational activities took place on September 30 when IFAW staff and 100 volunteers from Vladivostok took part in a Tiger Day celebration. Everyone appeared in the local square in T-shirts, with a tiger is depicted in the shape of letters above the question “will only the word remain?”

For participants of the holiday, it became clear we need to save the tiger, and take pride in the Far East, not just the symbol of five English (four Russian) letters.

Thousands of young participants in the ceremony give us hope. Many came prepared, already in their tiger’s costume and make-up, the children brought their crafts and paintings. On the square stands were displayed with children's drawings of tigers, and we held a traditional contest of children's drawings on the pavement.

All visitors during the festival may make a tiger using make-up and participate in quizzes about tigers on IFAW tent located on the main square.

The IFAW tent was the most visited on the day, and the children did not want to leave!

As a result, our tent was the last of the presented NGOs to close. We distributed over one thousand IFAW pens made from recycled materials, activist stickers, IFAW badges and 1,300 educational booklets about tigers.

The booklets became so popular immediately that the leader of the holiday wound up quoting from it.

A teacher came up and asked for the lessons from the booklet.

During the celebration two top rangers of the Far East working to protect the tiger were awarded a trip to India by IFAW to exchange experiences with colleagues from wildlife reserves.

This awarding of a trip to India has been underway since 2005, and this year one of the inspectors was from the IFAW anti-poaching team, which received very high scores in the spatial Management Information SysTem or MIST.

Starting this year, IFAW has begun using MIST, developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, to determine the best the inspector of the year. MIST is an objective assessment which takes into account how many kilometers patrol inspector conducted, how many hours he spent on various patrol vehicles, as he had seizures and crime prevention, etc.

So, once again we have seen that our team is one of the best in the Russian Far East.

IFAW congratulates all on their work to make a successful Tiger day!

--AF

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Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Regional Director, Russia & CIS
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Gail A'Brunzo, IFAW Wildlife Rescue Manager
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Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
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Peter Pueschel, Director, International Environmental Agreements
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Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
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