On September 11, 1961 the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was founded. It is one of the largest independent international conservation organizations with almost 5 million constant supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries.
The WWF’s mission is to prevent the growing degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to reach the harmony between man and nature. The main objective is the preservation of the Earth’s biodiversity. The WWF is working in the so-called ecoregions, the areas where it is extremely important to preserve the diversity of nature. The WWF list includes over 200 ecoregions in the world. In Russia, there are fourteen such regions, the most important of which are the Far East, the Altai-Sayan region and the Caucasus.
The first WWF projects in Russia began in 1988, and the Russian branch of the Fund opened already in 1994. In 2004, WWF Russia received the status of the Russian national organization. For 20 years the Fund has successfully implemented more than 300 field projects in 47 regions of Russia and has invested over € 70 million in the preservation and augmentation of the country’s natural wealth.
Together with WWF, The Prioksko-Terrasny State Biosphere Reserve implements the project “Adopt a Bison” since 2004. It is aimed at attracting sponsorship funds to improve the conditions of bisons in the breeding centre. The regular help of such partners as individuals, companies and organizations allows the breeding centre to continue to the work on the cultivation and breeding of bisons and the formation of wild populations.