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Премия рунета 2017

Evreiskaya Province is becoming new home for two tiger cubs

14 may 2018
On May 12 the field operation started to release the tiger male Saikhan and female from the village of Lazo (this animal is not officially named yet) into the wild after being kept at the Rehabilitation Centre for more than a year.

The animals were tranquilized, fitted with GPS collars, checked-up by the vets, and put into transportation cages bound to Evreiskaya Province. The exact place of the release is not shared but the area is a remote one and rich with wild ungulates, tigers’ main prey. 

After sedation the tiger is taken for medical examination
Measuring the weigh. 105 kilos
Ekaterina Blidchenko, the vet at the PRNCO “Tiger Center”, is X-raying Saikhan’s upper jaw
Medical examination for the cubs before transportation to Evreiskaya province
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia

On May 13 the tigers arrived to the taiga, were sedated once again and put into the newly constructed adaptation enclosure 50x50 meters wide. The specialists call this release a soft one meaning that the tigers will have one week to recover from a long way from Primorye, to get used to the new environment, and be ready to leave the enclosure for the real taiga. 

Pavel Fomenko, one of the leaders of the release operation
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia
"This release is an unusual event for all of us because for the first time ever we are releasing two tigers together simultaneously. And we hope the striped social group will stick together in the wild, notes Pavel Fomenko, head of rare species conservation unit at WWF Russia Amur branch, an honored conservationist of Russia. Soft release which we employ for the first time in Russia is regarded as a scientific experiment and one of the important elements to guarantee the survival of the rehabilitated tigers in their natural environment. We thank all our partners for their huge efforts”.
The signals from the GPS collar will help specialists to monitor every move of the animals
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia
Squeezed but pleased...
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia

Let us remind that the female tiger cub was captured in the village of Lazo, Primorye, on December 2016 while Saikhan was delivered into the Rehabilitation Centre in January 2017. After several months of medical treatment and quarantine the cubs were put together to share one vast enclosure. 

We hope the striped social group will stick together in the wild
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia
In minutes before transportation to Evreiskaya province
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia

WWF-Russia, and Amur Tiger Centre are among the ones dealing with conflicts resolution between tigers and humans in the Russian Far East.

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