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WWF gifted tiger cubs to Vladivostok!

27 september 2013
Two bronze tiger cubs have settled down on the Vladivostok’s central waterfront, symbolizing the contribution of present and future generations of Primorye residents to tiger conservation.

A lot of adult tigers “live” in city of Vladivostok: bronze, stone, wooden and others. And it couldn’t be any other way, since the tiger is the symbol of Primorye, crowning the emblem of the city and the region. But oddly enough, these urban Tigers had before today produced no «offspring». But finally, on the eve of Tiger Day, the holiday which is so loved by local people, thanks to the idea of the WWF, the wait is over!

The grand opening of a bronze sculpture of tiger cubs, was held today, September 27, in Vladivostok. The composition became a logical ending point for the «Tiger Trail », which was donated to the city of Vladivostok in 2010 by the World Youth Tiger Forum, organized by the Primorsky Territory Administration and WWF-Russia. Now, after passing 13 granite slabs with the names of the countries where this striped cat lives (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Russia) residents and visitors of Vladivostok meet tiger cubs - a boy and a girl.

«This is not a monument to the past, it is a reminder to the present and future generations of Primorye that we need to preserve the Amur tiger in the wild,» - said Vladimir Vasiliev, the director of the Hunting Department of Primorsky Province at the opening ceremony.

«All adults take care of their offspring, both people and tigers. These cubs are symbol of our common concern for the future. I think they will not only beautifully decorate our city, but will also become a favorite of children. Each year 70-80 tiger cubs are born in the Far Eastern taiga. It is our common goal with the Hunting Department of Primorsky Province to make every effort so that they survive and grow safely in the wild », - said Yuri Darman, director of WWF Russia Amur branch.

«We are grateful to WWF for their work protecting the Amur tiger, the symbol of our city. In 2000, Vladivostok became the cradle of Tiger Day, the festival which is now a hallmark of the city. And we are pleased that today babies, our first city cubs, were born in this cradle. Let them bring happiness and well-being to everyone. Happy Birthday, »- said Elena Schegoleva, deputy head of Vladivostok city Administration, accepting a «birth certificate» for the cubs from WWF Russia.

The representatives of the city and regional administrations, members of WWF Russia, associates and friends came to congratulate the newly born tiger cubs on their birthday. The event was attended by specialists of Hunting Department of Primorsky Province who prevent human-tiger conflicts and save real orphaned cubs from death every year in the wild.

Tiger cubs, a present from WWF to Vladivostok, Russia’s “tiger city”
© Yury Smityuk
First photo sessions
© Yury Smityuk
Grand opening by Yury Darman, director of WWF Russia Amur branch and Vladimir Vasiliev, the director of the Hunting Department of Primorsky Province
© Yury Smityuk
Second grader Gosha reads a heart-warming poem about the striped and whiskered
© Yury Smityuk