NTV COOL STORIES CYCLE STARTS WITH A STORY ABOUT A TIGER HERO OF WWF RUSSIA
Photo: (с) Gleb Igrunov / WWF России
Cool Stories is about outstanding people — professionals passionate about their work. Each of them is a bright personality, and the author is interested both in the work and personal life of program heroes, and mostly in their ideas and principles. Journalist’s objective is to understand and tell what is the motive force behind a distinguished person, what determined his or her choice and how to live with it.
"My heroes can be called winners. All of them have different stories: some had certain turning points, others persistently and evenly pursued their goals, still others had to overcome themselves," says Tatyana Mitkova. "What they have in common is their inner conviction that enabled them to achieve their current status, when their efforts inspire sincere respect if not admiration. These people do not care about publicity, avoid stories about themselves, but can speak about their favorite occupation for hours."
Pavel Fomenko is one of leading experts on tiger conservation in Russia and globally. He was one of the first employees of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the Far East. The project for the conservation of Amur tigers and their habitat, that he coordinated, for the first time told the world about the tragic fate of striped predators at the time of the Soviet Union collapse. And the first effective results in preserving the rare cat of the planet were the merit of Pavel.
At the turn of the centuries, the Time Magazine named Pavel Fomenko, the only one in Russia, the Hero of the Planet 2000. In 2015, for his tiger saving efforts he was awarded with a small gold medal of the Russian Geographical Society.
For 23 years of work for WWF, Pavel established productive contacts with tiger protected areas and hunting supervision agencies, created a network of anti-poaching brigades in key tiger habitats, formed the first special-purpose brigade 'Cedar', which fundamentally changed the existing approach to forest protection. At his initiative, groups for handling conflict predators were created in Primorye and Khabarovsk Krai. He laid the basis of cooperation with the operational customs, the dog service, the customs academy and the boarder administration of the Federal Security Service.
In March 2018, Pavel was seriously injured by a tigress at the rehabilitation center in Alekseevka village during vaccination. In September, he was operated in Moscow to repair the tissues damaged by the tigress.
Watch the Cool Story project premier with Tatyana Mitkova on NTV on September 29, at 02:00 p.m.
The program for preserving Amur tigers is implemented by WWF in close cooperation with the Amur Tiger Center and the Administrations of Primorsky Krai and Khabarovsk Krai.
Photo in the announcement: © Pavel Fomenko / WWF Russia.