Wildlife of Russia
Few people realize that Russia has one of the world’s premier systems of protected areas, which preserves millions of acres of wild landscapes – important habitat for a vast number of plants and animals. Wild Russia is an international effort to document images of the wild nature harbored in Russia’s system of strict nature reserves and national parks. Through the Wild Russia project, we aim to promote worldwide appreciation for Russia’s vast network of protected areas and to increase understanding of the opportunities these areas offer for conserving the planet’s biodiversity.
From north to south the East European Plain, also known as Russian Plain, is clad sequentially in Arctictundra, coniferous forest (taiga), mixed and broad-leaf forests, grassland (steppe), and semi-desert (fringing the Caspian Sea), as the changes in vegetation reflect the changes in climate. Siberia supports a similar sequence but largely is taiga. Russia has the world’s largest forest reserves, second only to the Amazon Rainforest in the amount of carbon dioxide it absorbs. There are 266 mammal species and 780 bird species in Russia. A total of 415 animal species have been included in the Red Data Book of the Russian Federation as of 1997 and are now protected.
Kamchatka is Sergey’s favourite place of shooting. «Travel to the world of the wild nature of Kamchatka is so fascinating and amazing that many years of work have gone as one day. I am happy that I had an opportunity to observe beauty of fauna of this peninsula. Memoirs, which I have got here, remain with me all my life.
The Russian Far East is home to some of the world’s rarest and most unique species, including Amur tigers, Far Eastern leopards, Kamchatka brown bears, and Blakiston’s fish owls. The Wildlife Conservation Society focuses on these key species as a means to achieve biodiversity conservation and protect critical habitats throughout this region. We use science as a foundation for designing and implementing effective conservation plans.
Russia bans hunt for all harp seals under one year of age March 2009. The Russian government has announced a complete ban on the hunting of all harp seals under one year old.
Amur leopard, the world’s rarest big cat, still clinging on in Russia November 2008. The world’s rarest big cat is alive and well, according to researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) who captured and released a female Amur (Far Eastern) leopard in Russia last week.
Naturetrek offers one tour in Russia – to Kamchatka. This 16-day holiday includes a 12-night sea voyage to the remote and spectacular landscapes of Kamchatka, the volcanic Kuril Islands and remote Commander Islands. Brown Bear, Arctic Fox and Moose are among the large mammals found in the Kamchatka Peninsula, while the highly productive seas that surround it teem with life attracting whales, dolphins and seabirds.