Russian President Vladimir Putin visited an oceanarium under construction at Russkiy island in Vladivostok on Sunday, where he became closely acquainted with dolphins, walruses and a sea lion living in the venue.
Later on Sunday, Putin paid a visit to the centre for rehabilitation and reintroduction of tigers and other endangered species into natural habitat at Alekseevka village in the Primorsky region.
The president witnessed two tigresses from the Khabarovsk region, both under a year old, being introduced into the area in which they will be rehabilitated. After the predators exited the transportation cage to stalk around the centre, Putin and centre specialists monitored via CCTV how the tigresses adapted to the new environment.
The construction of the three-hectare centre cost 11 million roubles ($330,000, €250,000), while the rehabilitation programme for one tiger per year costs about 1 million roubles ($30,000, €25,000).