What would you do with 137 Euros per month? 137 Euros is roughly equivalent to £105 or $150. Not go out for dinner, that’s for sure. Or drinks. You would start thinking about what foods cost less (potatoes, onions, carrots..) and what you can do without (sugar) or have to absolutely have (bread). You’d stop… Continue reading A cry for help from a Big Heart
After the Baikal Seal, found only in Lake Baikal, we’re going to take a look at very different mammal: the Snow Sheep (Ovis nivicola). Closely related to the North American BigHorn Sheep, this animal is a tough-looking ruminant that lives up in the rocky mountains of North and Central Siberia. Not much is known about the… Continue reading The Snow Sheep
Today we’re going to talk about an animal that is unique to Russia: the Baikal Seal (Pusa sibirica). This earless seal can be found only in the (you guessed it!) Lake Baikal, which is the world’s largest freshwater lake (by volume, not extension) and deepest lake: scientists have calculated that it holds 20% of the… Continue reading The Baikal Seal
Yet another tragic senseless death in the captive marine mammals industry in Russia. A young female bottle-nose dolphin Delpha just died in Anapa Dolphinarium in the Big Utrish after being seized from previous abusive owners. Before being brought to the Anapa Dolphinarium, dolphins Delfa and Zeus were kept in squalid conditions in an abandoned cattle farm… Continue reading Zeus and Delpha’s odyssey
This morning, our telephone rang. It was Eduard, the director of Utyos, calling us with some news: the bear cubs at their facility are not eight anymore, they are ten! Two more cubs were brought to the sanctuary in the last few weeks: one of them was found sleeping, alone and emaciated, in a farmer’s barn, probably… Continue reading Finally!
Recently this month, Floyd Mayweather received a gift from Moscow: a tiger cub. Said to have been bred somewhere in India, we think that most probably it was bought from a dysfunctional zoo or circus: this is not unlike Crystal’s case. This is not news, unfortunately. Celebrities are often seen prancing around with endangered, dangerous… Continue reading Celebrity pets
It’s nearly the holidays! Had you noticed? Have your local stores started stocking up on cards and flickering lights? Have your neighbours engaged in a friendly “who’s got the biggest wreath” competition? They have here! And that’s why we thought of bringing some holiday cheer to all of our supporters, thanking you for your help, sharing and… Continue reading One Hundred (and more!) Happy Cats
Today is Thanksgiving, and although the celebration is not traditionally Russian, we thought we’d take the chance to sit down and think of what we are thankful for. Big Hearts Foundation is thankful for: all the supporters who keep following and sharing our work, who give us a huge help in raising awareness about… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
When Crystal, a five-month old Siberian tiger cub, was dragged onto the stage for the grand opening of the Tigre de Cristal Casino, she couldn’t hear the thundering music, or the flashing lights, or the immense crowds of people. She couldn’t smell the sweat or the alcohol or the filth. She could barely walk, and probably… Continue reading Drugged and Abused
We Did It! Thanks to all of you we managed to Save Totem Animals! With your help we were able to raise enough funds (3200 pounds) to build new spacious and more suitable enclosures with plenty of enrichment for Manya the bear, Atos the mountain lion and Agat the leopard (on the picture), three largest residents… Continue reading Good News from Totem!