14 October - Day of Wildlife Workers in Russia

14 October is an unofficial holiday in Russia, which was established by the directors of the reserves at a meeting in 1999 year. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation supported the initiative. 14 October adopted a resolution of the workshop-meeting, therefore, this day is considered the Day of Wildlife Workers. The main goal of the holiday is to draw attention to the protection of unique landscapes and the diversity of the flora and fauna of Russia. Reserve staff are real enthusiasts, because thanks to their daily efforts, it is possible to preserve in its original form the unique diversity of flora and fauna on the territory of our country.

The first national parks in Russia were created in 1983 year: Sochi and Losiny Ostrov. Over the past century, twelve thousand specially protected natural areas with a total area of 203 million ha. Among them 111 state nature reserves and 62 national parks.

One of the first national parks in Russia – forest area "Losiny Ostrov" with an area 116 km². The park is located on the territory of Moscow and the Moscow region. There are more than 800 plant species, about 80 tree species and 76 types of shrubs. The park is home to 255 animal species: 19 species, 43 species of mammals, 180 bird species and 8 amphibians. Some of them are listed in the Red Book.

14 May 2020 of the year Ilmensky Reserve celebrated its 100th anniversary, which is part of the South Ural Scientific Center of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The reserve is located on the territory of 303.8 km² in the Chelyabinsk region. Local fauna is represented 57 species of mammals, 173 bird species, 5 amphibian species, 6 species of reptiles and 18 species of fish…

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