Land of the Leopard National Park has joined a nationwide Russian project, Letters to Animals, which allows children to send a letter to any wild animal and receive an answer. This campaign has been organised as part of the Year of the Environment and the government priority programme Russia's Wildlife: Protect and Appreciate. The project was organised by the Information and Analytical Centre for Support of Nature Reserves at the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The project is designed to encourage young people to care for the environment and to introduce them to the animals living in Russian nature reserves.
Waiting for children's letters at Land of the Leopard are the Himalayan bear, raccoon dog, Amur tiger, Amur leopard cat, roe deer, sika deer, black vulture, Mandarin duck, Alpine black swallowtail and, of course, the Far Eastern leopard and other national park residents.
Pre-school children aged six and schoolchildren of Years 1-5 are welcome to write to the animal they like best, enclose a portrait of the species, answer a few questions in a special form and decorate the envelope. Each letter will be answered individually, with thanks from the animal and a story on its life and habits. Replying to the letters will be students of relevant universities, teachers, volunteers and experts from nature reserves and national parks.
The 200 best children's letters will be uploaded on the organiser's website, and 50 letters will be included in the second part of the environmental materials collection Hello, Sable! How Are You?
Letters can be sent until June 2018. In December 2018, the project will wrap up and the best letter writers will receive an award.