Raising Eco-Awareness

What is the difference between animals and wild beasts? How many species of mammals live in the south of the Moscow region? The answers to these and many other questions were found by the participants of a regular meeting with the Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve staff that was held a couple of days ago in the Arneevskiy community center.

Olga Kalinina, the expert from our department of eco-awareness and educational tourism, told the children and adults that we use the name “animals” for all the living things on the planet Earth, while the name “wild beasts” refers only to mammals which, by the way, include humans.

57 species of mammals, 142 species of birds and more then 900 species of plants live on the reserve premises. Many of these species are included into the Endangered-Species List of the Moscow region and Russia. As the meeting took place on the eve of the International Day for Biological Diversity, it was devoted to the problem of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.

The meeting traditionally ended with a workshop. All the participants made magnets in forms of different animals to memorize the event.