- Title: Russia's Vladivostok turns orange for Tiger Day
- Date: 29th September 2019
- Summary: VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 29, 2019) (REUTERS) CROWD OF PEOPLE CARRYING ORANGE BALLOONS AND GIGANTIC PAPER FIGURE OF PHOENIX MARCHING DOWN STREET CROWD SEEN FROM DISTANCE CARS COLOURED IN ORANGE AND BLACK DRIVING IN PARADE CHILDREN MARCHING, BEATING DRUMS AND CHANTING (Russian) 'BEAT YOUR DRUM LOUDER, TELL THE WORLD: WE ARE CHILDREN OF OUR PLANET AND WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT!' MONUMENT TO SOVIET SOLDIERS ON CENTRAL SQUARE VARIOUS OF KIDS PLAYING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE TRUCK COLOURED ORANGE AND BLACK YOUNG GIRL'S FACE BEING PAINTED CROWD WAVING ORANGE AND BLACK UMBRELLAS PEOPLE CARRYING TIGER HEAD FIGURE MADE OF RIBBONS CHILDREN DRESSED IN YELLOW T-SHIRTS MARCHING IN CROWD GIRL WITH TIGER PAW PAINTED ON HER FACE CROWD MARCHING WITH ARTIFICIAL PHOENIX
- Embargoed: 13th October 2019 12:49
- Keywords: Russia Vladivostok tiger Amur tiger Siberian tiger Tiger Day
- Location: VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA
- City: VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYPN9EH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Thousands of Russians marched down the central streets of the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok on Sunday (September 29) to mark Tiger Day.
Children wearing yellow and orange t-shirts, adults carrying orange balloons and park rangers in tiger-print SUVs all took part in the parade held in the city every year to raise awareness of the plight of the Amur tiger, which is on the brink of extinction.
Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, mainly live in Russia's Far East, northeast China and northern parts of the Korean Peninsula. It is one of the world's most endangered species, with less than 500 believed to remain in the wild, only around 20 of which in China.
The Far East has been marking Tiger Day for 20 years, as the population continues to shrink due to poaching. The crowd marching down the city's main street also carried a gigantic paper Phoenix, a symbol of a local ecological organization, as local school children beat drums, chanting 'Beat your drum louder, tell the world: We are children of our planet and we are responsible for it!'
Ecologists say that 30 to 40 tigers are being killed in the Russian taiga every year, despite their conservation efforts. The animals are often exported to China, where their bones and body parts are used in traditional medicine, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported. Tiger hides can also reach up to $25,000 on the black market.
(Production: Yuri Maltsev, Maria Stromova)
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