We created a special design of charity T-shirts with a picture of a pelican to help to save the Tuzly Estuaries.
It was only yesterday that the Estuaries were filled with water, fish and birds. But today they turn into deserts. Not only natural ecosystems are affected, but also the inhabitants of towns and villages. The area is on the verge of ecological and humanitarian catastrophe.
This happened because a criminal group of poachers whelmed up the water channels between the estuaries and the Black Sea. The shallowing of 5,000 hectares of land has led to a dramatic change in the ecosystem: the salt that remains at the bottom of the estuaries is dispersed by the wind and then it gets into the soil, making it unsuitable for the life of many plants. The areas of shallow water where birds used to feed and live have decreased
Two species of pelicans come to Ukraine every year – the pink pelican and Dalmatian pelican. Both are listed in the Red Book of endangered species of Ukraine. They arrive in early spring and feed in the Tuzly Estuaries until November, but now, due to the uncontrolled use of resources, pelicans are really endangered.
To save the estuaries and their inhabitants, Tuzly Estuaries National Nature Park is raising money in the amount of 450 000 UAH to buy an excavator Warynski 415. We have decided to join the mission so 200 UAH from the sale of each T-shirt “Pelican” will be transferred to help the cause.
This T-shirt tells about the Tuzly Estuaries National Nature Park, a chain of 13 estuaries in the interfluve area of the Danube and the Dniester rivers. Estuaries are called “the cradle of the Black Sea” as there are huge resources for the reproduction of biological diversity.