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Vladivostok International Airport Has Chosen Its Symbol

The Vladivostok International Airport has cooperated with the National Park “Land of the Leopard” for a long time. For example, it holds theme photography exhibitions dedicated to spotted predators of Primorye.

In July 2014, the airport employees gained the right to name an Amur leopard, one of the rarest cats of the world. The endangered animal was named Khors in honor of the Slavic sun god.

In the pagan Old Russian mythology, Khors is the god of yellow sunshine. The sunny mood and the god’s name are reproduced in many words of Russian: “khoroshy” (literally, “good”), “pokhoroshet” (“to grow prettier”), “prikhorashivatsya” (“to preen oneself”), as well as “khorovod” (“round dance”) and “khoromy” (an old word for “mansion”). Many nations use the word “khors” for designating the sun disc.

In the opinion of airport employees, the rare Amur leopard harmonically represents the main eastern air gate of the country. Vladivostok is located on the east of Russia, and the rise of the sun here is one of the earliest throughout the country. The spotted predator with the sunny name will be a worthy bright icon of the airport.

An installation with the chosen symbol will soon appear in the centre of the passenger terminal where leopard Khors will lie gracefully on a seaside rock of Primorye.

It should be pointed out that the Vladivostok International Airport actively supports programmes for protection of rare species. The company participates in social events attracting public attention to the problem of conservation of rare felines, Amur tigers and Amur leopards. Since 2013, the airport has cooperated with such organisations as Amur Tiger Center, Land of the Leopard and the Nature Fund organising theme photography exhibitions, advertising campaigns and events.

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