Wildlife Aid Foundation campaigner studies wolves in Russia
Simon Cowell, founder of the Leatherhead-based Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF), has returned from a trip to northern Russia recently where he studied the plight of wolves for his TV series "Wildlife SOS". While there he was welcomed by biologist and wolf expert Vladimir Bologov, who rescues and cares for orphaned wolf cubs. Afer they are old enough Vladimir then releases them into the wild into a "safe zone" where they cannot be hunted and are free to start their own packs.
Mr. Bologov's rescue center, is in the Central Forest Nature Reserve in Russia's remote Tver region about 300 miles northwest of Moscow. It is one of the few places in Russia where hunting wolves is illegal. The center's work focuses on rearing and reintroducing cubs into the wild, all the while ensuring human contact is kept to a minimum.
Simon Cowell went there to show how important Valdimir's work is to the preservation of the wolves in Russia. He expressed this by saying that, "Many of the wolves at Vladimir's centre have had to be either rescued or bought from the hunters themselves. This is an appalling situation, but without Vladimir and his team there would be no one preventing wolves being wiped out in northern Russia."
"It has been a great privilege to spend time with Vladimir and his fellow wolf conservationists. Like me, he has been working with wildlife for 30 years, so I found him to be a kindred spirit."
Simon Cowell's program about this visit will be broadcast later this year on the Discovery Channel's Animal Planet. Be sure to watch for it.
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