15 Man Who Spoke With Bears

Man Who Spoke With Bears

Posted on December 27, 2010 by team

Vitaly Nikolaenko, a famous animal photographer, died 7 years ago. He spent 33 years traveling around the world and walked thousands of kilometers. His passion was brown bears. He met them 800 times and had 12 thousand shots of these animals.

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He devoted his life to the brown bears. Unfortunately one of these animals took the Vitaly Nikolaenko's life in 2003

He was a naughty child spending much time outdoors. He didn't remember his father because he died during the war. At 14 years old Vitaly started reading classic literature and stopped being naughty. Later he joined the army and after that devoted himself to self-education.


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15 Responses to “Man Who Spoke With Bears”

  1. Anadyr express says:

    He was the “Most Interesting Man in the World”. Now that title belongs to Jonathan Goldsmith.

  2. testicules says:

    Too much vodka will make you think bears are your dead relatives.

  3. Musa says:

    Fascinating Post.

  4. FührerBunker.AT says:

    F. Bunker here.

    Ya bum ya!

  5. RB says:

    the saddest part about his death was that maybe if he had a real good lens he could have got the same close up shots without getting close up.

  6. One Of Many says:

    With this reply,i only wanna say to the maker(s) of this website.
    Ur website is really great!!Great pictures,Great topics,about the greatest country on the globe.
    I really learn from this site,with the content on it

    Go on with it,”never”shut down this site.

    -Уважение и приветствие от Нидерландов-

  7. Boris Badenov says:

    Bears are like dogs, very large dogs, and it is easy to see how a man can be lulled into a false sense of security around them, unfortunately, one bear was having a bad day and that’s all it takes.

    He was a great man who documented wild Russia and created interest in conservation.

  8. maze says:


    does anybody know the publisher of this book, some information like ISBN (or some russian equialent) or even a shop which still sells the book…did google for a while but didnt get anything…would be great if you guys here have some tips…

    thx :)

  9. George Johnson says:

    Great photo’s, but that’s what happens when you get too comfortable with wild animals. no matter how you feel about it, it’s STILL a WILD bear.

    There was a guy similar to him in the US, but a LOT crazier. He thought it was “one with the bear” or some nonsense like that.

    He really want trying to save them. But in doing so, he went overboard, and got just too close to them. Bears seem to “tolerate” or “allow” people to get just so close to them, then if you cross a line, (without knowing what that line IS), POW! They’ll kill you in a heart beat.

    The guy here crossed that line, and the bear(s) made a real mess of him.

    Best thing to do, is just use a telephoto lens and take photo’s from a larger distance. You’re NOT part of their clan, no matter how much you like them and how much they seem to “tolerate” you.

    You never know where that line is.

    Really nice photo’s though.

  10. Avenger says:

    Really amazing pictures! His lifestyle have took him away – it is the only way to finish life for hero. Thanks for this post. Unbelievable!

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