Tiger Day in Russia’s Far East attracts more people than in previous year.

Tiger Day in Russia’s Far East attracts more people than in pevious year.
Monday, 29 September, 2014
ladivostok, Russia

The 15th annual Tiger Day in Vladivostok on September 28  involved more than 10 000 participants and spectators, organisers said, which is about two thousand more than a year before.

It has become a landmark celebration for this city in the Russian Far East and is considered one of the most popular environmental festivals in Russia.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), along with some  other international and domestic NGOs and the city administration, was again  a co-organizer of the event aimed at raising awareness of threats for the endangered Amur tiger population, with estimated less than 400 animals left in the wild.

“This celebration is conducted not just for informing and entertaining people. The goal is also to involve them in activities to protect every tiger in particular and their habitat in general, to reduce demand and deny consumption of any tiger products,” said Anna Filippova, IFAW Russia Amur tiger program campaigner. “The upcoming winter is going to be very critical for Amur tigers. Another full census has to be carried out which will show whether the population is shrinking or has stabilized.”

IFAW participated in the celebration for the 12th   time involving about 270 local volunteers, more than ever before. Wearing orange T-shirts with slogan of the IFAW “Will only words remain?” campaign  in Russian and the word “Tiger” styled as a drawing of this animal they marched down the streets with other participants to the central square of Vladivostok. The participating NGOs had there six presentation tents and the one installed by IFAW attracted for a long time more visitors than any other.

Dozens of children with parents were patiently waiting at the IFAW booth for a special festival makeup , a tiger face painting done by the volunteers. Activists also held a quiz for young visitors to win IFAW souvenirs, distributed brochures, badges and stickers among visitors.

A video presentation on a big screen inside the tent showed five orphaned tiger cubs being released back to the wild. Their rehabilitation and release was co-funded and carried out by IFAW together with Russian and international partners.   

IFAW also continued the tradition of awarding two best Far-Eastern anti-poaching inspectors of the year with trips to national parks of India to exchange experience in tiger habitat conservation. This time the tenth annual awards were given to Sergei Roslavets,  state inspector at the Lazovsky natural reserve and the Call of the Tiger national park, and Ivan Khobotnev, state inspector of the special protection unit at the Sikhote Alin natural reserve.

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