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Russia marks Walrus Day today

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Russia marks Walrus Day today


© Viktor Nikiforov, coordinator of environment-oriented projects of scientific-expedition center Marine Mammals Three kinds of walrus inhabit Russia: Pacific, Atlantic and Laptev walruses. The first kind is hunted by northern minorities, whereas Atlantic and Laptev ones are in the Red List of the Russian Federation, RIA Novosti informs. The purpose of the Walrus Day is to attract attention of authorities and nationals to ecological problems leading to extinction of these mammals.

Walrus Day was initiated by WWF in 2008. Our country joint the initiative immediately. 2017 is a Year of Ecology in Russia following the decree of Vladimir Putin, the celebration is conducted very widely all over the country.

One of the initiators of Walrus Day, Viktor Nikiforov has commented that the largest rookery of walruses wad found at Kozhevnikov Cape. It is noteworthy that citizens of the nearest to this rookery village Ryrkapiy were protecting these mammals and were taking care of the rookery. At present, the Kozhevnikov Cape bears a status of natural landmark of the regional significance protected by the government.

Viktor Nikiforov has underlined that a walrus is a symbol of Arctic region together with a white bear for the northern minorities. By the way, last year the rookery of walruses was attacked by white bears and several hundreds of these mammals died.

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