MOSCOW, November 15 (RIA Novosti)
Under a new program by WWF Russia, Russian individuals and companies can become a polar bear foster parent for a one-time contribution of 30,000 rubles (about $1,000).
The money will be directed to conservation, protection and research of wild polar bears in the Russian Arctic, home to about 5,000-6,000 white bears or about a quarter of the worldwide polar bear population. Foster parents will receive a certificate and a polar bear statuette.
The campaign will officially begin on November 24. WWF Russia estimates that about 500 polar bears will get "foster parents" by the end of 2012.
The money will be directed to support the "Bear Patrol" program, under which groups of local residents patrol and prevent poaching at about 30 known polar bear habitats, including the Far Eastern Chukotka Peninsula, Dikson Island in the Kara Sea, Vaygach Island in the Arctic Ocean and Kolguyev Island in the Barents Sea.
"In the past year the number of reports about conflicts between humans and polar bears has almost tripled. Encounters between bears and human can be deadly for humans, but more often the animal dies as a result," a WWF Russia coordinator for Arctic conservation projects Mikhail Stishov said.
About 100 individuals and 120 companies took part in a similar campaign to "foster" an Amur tiger for 25,000 rubles.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: International Chefs Day 2014: 'Pass It On!'
Infographics: Nobel Peace Prize
During the 11th Annual Meeting to be held in Sochi from October 22 to 24, experts of the Valdai International Discussion Club will focus on whether the global community will develop ground rules for the world politics or whether it will be a game without any rules where everyone fend for themselves.