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Tiger week marching along cities and villages of the Russian Far East

27 september 2012
Tiger Day which was born back in 2000 in Vladivostok is traditionally celebrated in late September in many cities and villages of the Russian Far East

The dwellers of the Bikin River basin were the first ones to celebrate Tiger Day on September 20. Students of Krasny Yar and Sobolinoye villages marched in parade along the streets of their national settlements and had a performance at the school stage afterwards. On September 23 the marathon continued in Chuguevka settlement – the delegations from 16 schools came here for the regional Tiger Day. Chuguevka dwellers have being preparing for their holiday since the beginning of the semester. They worked out the Decree on Holiday together with the district administration, conducted contests of paintings, handmade souvenirs and photos about the beauty of Ussuriiskaya taiga. They also decorated the school square with tiger drawings and marched in carnival procession along the village main street. 

On September 24, one of the first ones to open the week of tiger events was Blagoveschensk in Amurskaya oblast. At the “Ecological Street” schoolchildren happily painted their faces with aqua grim and took pictures with almost a real tiger.

The city of Vladivostok will celebrate Tiger Day on  September 30. WWF column will unite the most active supporters of the nature conservation projects, among which are the volunteers of the action “Plant a Forest for Leopards” who planted a million Korean pine saplings in the Land of Leopard in 2011-2012. The nature protection brigade from Chuguevka village - the winners of tiger contests will join WWF team and march in the parade along the main street of Vladivostok city.

During the holiday WWF pavilion will surprise the tiger supporters with an interesting interactive program such as a lottery where every participant could win a small prize and “How to draw a tiger” master class from the children art studio.

“In 2000 on the juncture of centuries we were fascinated by these three zeros and decided to celebrate the beginning of the century with something original and nature friendly, - recollects the history of the holiday Yulia Fomenko, communications officer at the WWF Russia Amur branch. – The beautiful idea of Vladimir Troynin, a Primorsky writer and wildlife biologist, to celebrate Tiger Day has become a wonderful tradition and a symbol of golden autumn and love to the Amur tiger. And we are happy that the holiday of Vladivostok has grown out of Primorsky Province. This September the holiday has been celebrated in the whole tiger range – in Khabarovsky, Amurskaya and Evreiskaya Provinces. And the more true friends tigers and leopard have, the safer they feel in the wild”.

First Tiger Day in Vladivostok in the year of 2000
© WWF Russia