Building support at the Kremlin for Russian wildlife protection


This week, I am delighted to be joining Moscow International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) Russia Council members Pamela Anderson and Vladimir Pozner and IFAW’s Regional Director for Russia and CIS Dr. Masha Vorontsova for a series of events and meetings to promote our work to protect Russian wildlife.

The Russian government has been very supportive of our work to protect its critically endangered native species, and we are looking forward to meeting officials at the Kremlin to discuss progress on tigers, saiga antelope, brown bears, belugas, grey whales and other marine mammals.


International media and thousands of people across social media platforms have been following the progress of our Amur tiger rehabilitation work, which includes the rescue of orphaned tiger cubs and their eventual release into an area which has not seen wild tigers for more than 40 years.

One tiger named Zolushka, Cinderella in Russian, has given birth to two cubs in the wild, an indicator that she is thriving, and that rehabilitated tigers can reproduce upon reintegrating to the wild. Other tigers have shown signs that more cubs may be on the way.

It is only through collaboration with Russian government scientists and several non-profit organizations that we have been able to succeed in this groundbreaking achievement.

In addition to financial support from donors around the world, local Russian support is important to saving Russian wildlife.

So, we are also looking forward to a press conference to promote wildlife welfare and conservation and a networking and fund raising event with Russian supporters and our regional council members.

Pamela Anderson, the Canadian born actress and activist, and Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner, are among the founding members of this Council, which is focused on advancing IFAW’s work to protect keystone species in Russia.

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