VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Russia has launched a fundraiser to protect the far eastern taiga with its Siberian tigers and Amur leopards, the Vostok-Media information agency reported Thursday.
A WWF spokesman said that forests in the south of Russia's far east are in danger of being scorched by wildfires akin to those which ravaged Moscow forests as there was no state-run forest service in the region.
"WWF is now bolstering the fire-fighting ranks. We form and train fire-fighting brigades and provide them with all the necessary equipment and machines, including bulldozers, trailers, quad bikes, backpack sprayers and water pumps," the spokesman said.
Also, the WWF is raising awareness among local communities about the wildfire threat and response measures. The fund will also be used to install cameras in forests to track wildfires.
The WWF is also focusing its efforts on Russia's far eastern districts like Khasansky, Ussuriysky and Nadezhdinsky, which are known for rich biodiversity, including the black fir forests.
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