Bear by river, Russia. Credit: O. Zaporozhets

Credit: O. Zaporozhets


Russia’s vast terrain stretches from the frozen tundra of the far north, to the peaks of the Caucasus Mountains to the southern prairies. It’s diverse ecosystems are home to many unique and amazing animals like Amur tigers, snow leopards, saiga antelope, and Siberian cranes. There are also many species who’s natural ranges span between Russia and the United States such as the polar bear and a wide variety of migratory birds.

In 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union signed an Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection to provide a framework under which the two nations could collaborate on environmental issues of mutual interest and concern. The Agreement was re-negotiated in 1994 to replace the U.S.S.R. with the Russian Federation as signatory in order to continue protecting those important species and their habitats.

For more than 45 years, USFWS - Russia program has worked with Russian conservationists to share wildlife management best-practices and jointly conduct scientific studies. Under this Agremment, we have been able to implement nature conservation efforts through partnerships with federal, state, and local governments, native communities, and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, we have the authority to provide grants and assistance to Russian nature reserves and national parks. These efforts have promoted collaborative management of shared species and bolstered the protection of some of Russia's most iconic wildlife.

Species of Concern

Amur Tiger; credit: Zervas, Creative Commons Polar Bear and cub; credit: Sheilapic76, Creative Commons Saiga Antelope; credit: Daniel Rosengren