Arctic fox farm built in Dudinka
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Arctic fox farm built in Dudinka

October 26, 2022

Nganasan community Huale will breed animals with fur of a rare color.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In Taimyr, the infrastructure for a future fur farm for breeding blue foxes is being created. The Nganasan community Huale is implementing a project to build a farm of animals with rare fur.

The new project, supported by Nornickel, promises to saturate the Taimyr market with valuable fur in the first place and, possibly, start delivering furs outside the territory.

“There is a rather long and difficult way to go before the full implementation of the project. But I can say with confidence that the community is moving in the right direction. I’m sure they will succeed, the main thing is to be patient”, says Anfisa Nikiforova, head of Nornickel’s work with the indigenous peoples of the North department.

The head of the Huale community, Elena Yarotskaya, is engaged in dressing skins and sewing national clothes and shoes. On one of the Taimyr holidays, she noticed that the ethnic costumes decoration looked poor due to the lack of decorative elements made of real fur.

This, according to Elena, is not only a matter of aesthetics, but also the preservation of national traditions. Thus, the project for the construction of a farm for breeding blue foxes in Dudinka was born.

“For the fur farm, we plan to purchase 20 animals in Yakutia for the beginning – five males and 15 females. This is a breed of Arctic fox with a dark top along the white edge of the fur. Arctic foxes breed very often and in large numbers – one litter can reach 23 puppies. Thus, the number of animals on the farm can reach 120 individuals and more in the nearest future”, says Elena.

If everything goes well, she and like-minded people will fill the Taimyr market first of all – there is a demand for fur in Dudinka. These are the edges of clothes, headwear decorations, hats, collars, mittens and much more.

Dudinka is also waiting for tourists to buy fur. The community plans to create an ethnocomplex on the existing 50 hectares of land – to put chum, hold national holidays and rituals, go fishing, organize dog sledding trips.

Earlier, This Is Taimyr told that a polar fox with a satellite collar escaped from Yamal to Taimyr from under the supervision of scientists. We also reported that the Big Argish ethnic festival this year will be held in Norilsk and Dudinka from October 29 to November 12 and will be dedicated to the life of the Taimyr villages.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, photo: Nikolay Shchipko

October 26, 2022

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