The opening of the exhibition, Russian Nature Reserves: 100 Years of History, opened at the State Darwin Museum on 24 November to mark the Year of the Environment and the Year of Specially Protected Areas. The exhibition features images of wildlife and rare animals, videos with tigers, leopards, bisons and beavers, as well as themed stands dedicated to nature reserves and national parks in Russia. Young guests will enjoy creative and intellectual quizzes and board games.
Over 50 photos by wildlife photographers Konstantin Mikhailov, Igor Shpilenok, Yury Shibnev and Denis Kochetkov are on display at the museum compleх and its open air grounds. All the images were taken in nature reserves and national parks.
"2017 is not only the Year of the Environment, but also the Year of Specially Protected Areas, so of course, the Darwin Museum was eager to take part in the event. Four masters of photography were glad to present their new works for this exhibition. They are easy and interesting to work with, for they are very enthusiastic about this subject," said the exhibition organiser, senior research fellow of the museum's environment department Vitaly Kontorshchikov.
Remarkably, the exhibition also features photos taken by employees of protected areas: research fellow at the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve Yury Shibnev and junior research fellow at the Khingan Nature Reserve Denis Kochetkov. "There are many people in nature reserves who take very good pictures and who are deeply interested in wildlife. Their photos are different from those of professional photographers, not so dependent on equipment but on the way the person behind the camera perceives nature and relates to it," Konstantin Mikhailov told journalists.
The visitors will also be able to watch a new documentary, LEO80: A Leopard's Story, which will be screened on 10 December at the Darwin Museum's EcoMoscow Centre.
The exhibition Russian Nature Reserves: 100 Years of History will run through 5 February 2017.