Habitat loss is the considered the greatest threat to wildlife in Russia. 15% of vertebrate species and 4% of higher plants existing in Russia are considered as endanger of extinction. Other threats to the environment include illegal trade, environmental pollution, climate change, and unsustainable use of natural resources. WWF focuses on the conservation of species that are on the brink of extinction, specializing on those that are endemic to Russia, such as the Siberian tiger, Far Eastern leopard, Siberian white crane, Snow leopard, Russian desman, and European bison, among others.
In conjunction with WWF, special ‘Leopard’, ‘Tiger’ and ‘Snow Leopard’ groups are developing new tactics and programs to combat poaching. WWF’s efforts resulted in the creation of strict nature reserves around habitats of rare species. WWF-Russia also created the first wild herd of European bison and reintroduced the species into the wild after uncontrollable poaching eliminated the species in the European part of Russia in the beginning of the 20th century. Since the implementation of WWF’s European Bison Conservation Program in the early 1990’s, the number of bison in the wild amounts to more than 100 individuals.
The beneficial results of programs carried out by WWF in collaboration with other organizations are increasing by the day. According to a 2004-2005 survey, the Siberian tiger population has double since the 1980’s – today the population numbers about 500 individuals. Thanks to measures taken by WWF-Russia together with other non-government and governmental organizations, the population of Far Eastern leopard has increased by 20%.
WWF efforts and activities would be impossible without its supporters. Thanks to the donation made by WWF supporter Andrey Kartashov, the Information and Education Center «Dom Leoparda» («Leopard s Home») was created on the border between Barsovy and Kedrovaya Pad nature reserves in the Far East. This is the first major project carried out on a personal donation made by a WWF-Russia supporter.
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