13 News From The Kronotsky Nature Reserve

News From The Kronotsky Nature Reserve

Posted on March 31, 2011 by team


This winter different things happened in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve and here is a set of some of them.

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Firstly, due to the eruption of the Kizimen a great part of the Kronotsky Reserve territory got covered with ash - in early February 2011 the volcano sent a column of ash several kilometeres high. It affected the deer wintering grounds, and the snow is now grey and dispiriting.

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In this photo you see Unacha Volcano (to the right) and the Valaginsky ridge going down to Kronotskoye Lake. The photo was shot from the slope of Smidta Volcano, about a thousand meters high.

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The view of Taunshits Volcano. From the ice of Kronotskoye Lake 9 volcanoes can be seen - Kronotsky, Shmidta, Konradi, Kizimen, Unacha, Taunshits, Uzon, Krashennikova and Kihpinych.

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The furious Kizimen had shortened the winter - the snow mixed with ash melts amazingly fast...

And here are photos of the foxes' mating games.

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Here is the groom - Lizovin.

And his beautiful bride Liza.

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Together...

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"Lovers' quarrels are soon mended".

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Liza runs from her groom all the time - she doesn't hurry to become a mother. A fox pregnancy lasts about 50 days. In Kamchatka, fox-cub usually comes to being in May, but get out from kennel only in June.

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In the Kronotsky Nature Reserve you can also meet wolverines - animals that from the first sight are something between a small bear and a big ferret. At first they were quite watchful and wild...

...but after they had some close contacts with people and their life they understood that nobody in the reserve will hurt them.

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In course of time they became completely friendly and even visited some keepers' houses and huts.

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Location: Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Kamchatka

via shpilenok and alexey_bezrukov


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13 Responses to “News From The Kronotsky Nature Reserve”

  1. testicules says:

    First

    I think I want to get a Russian fox of my own.

  2. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. Stunning pics, my compliments. Preserve it.

  3. RAB says:

    now I know what they mean by (“FOXY LADY”)

  4. Musa says:

    I love looking at photographs from these guys. I think even with grey snow this place is beyond beautiful. I love the photos of the foxes too. Thank You for sharing them. :)

  5. Ton Muller says:

    Nice photographs, good tennis in the sky

  6. Beautiful pictures of nature! Foxes are great!

  7. A Chinese Guy says:

    very beautiful
    How can I let others know this and make them feel like we gotta protect our beautiful earth.

  8. DRESSKK says:

    coluful picture,love it

  9. Mister Twister says:

    Foxes are just cats in disguise.

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