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Mobile hospital for tigers is brought in operation in Primorye

19 january 2018
WWF Russia and the Amur Tiger Center jointly with the governmental wildlife management organizations are creating the system to minimize human-wildlife conflicts.
One of the main parts of this system is the mobile veterinarian module that WWF Russia helped to equip together with other organizations for the Rehabilitation Center in Alexeevka village (PRNCO “Tiger Center”).
Mobile hospital for tigers is brought in operation in Primorye
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia
Pavel Fomenko, the head of Asian Big Cats unit of WWF-Russia Amur branch said: “We support the creation of the infrastructure for rehabilitation of large predators in the Russian Far East. About 500 human-wildlife conflict situations occur in the southern Far East every year. About 60 of them are connected with Red Listed big cats such as Amur tiger and Amur leopard. The life of people and animals depends on professional and rapid resolution of these situations. We crate the system to minimize conflicts with large predators that includes the Rehab Center in Alexeevka village as one of the most important components. This system implies participation of both public and governmental organizations involved in monitoring and minimizing the conflicts. In case of capturing, the predator is placed in Rehab Center for further veterinarian examination, analysis of its health condition and if necessary – rehabilitation with the following release into the wild. The third important stage of this work is monitoring of released predators. It is implemented first of all by governmental structures jointly with public organizations such as Amur Tiger Center, Primorsky Regional Non-commercial Organization «The Center for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals», Russian Academy of Sciences and WWF Russia.”

The mobile veterinarian module is based on KamAZ off-road vehicle. It is fully equipped to provide medical assistance for wild animals that appeared in a conflict situation right on the capturing site.  

Mobile hospital for tigers is brought in operation in Primorye
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia
Viktor Kuzmenko, head of PRNCO “Tiger Center” said: “We have been dreaming about such “mobile hospital” for a long time. It allows examining wild animals and providing first aid right in the field conditions without losing precious time. The vehicle is equipped with a special operating table, transporting cage, lifting device for large animals, air conditioner, water supply system and the room for staff. These measures are aimed at conservation of wild animals first of all Amur tigers and leopards.”

At present there are two young tigers are under the course of rehabilitation in the Rehab Center in Alexeevka village – a tiger Saihan and a tigress rescued near Lazo village. Both tiger cubs were orphaned and rescued from starvation from different areas by the Human Wildlife Conflict group of Wildlife Department of Primorsky Province: the tigress in December 2016 near Lazo village, and the tiger named Saihan in January 2017 in Pozharsky district.  

Jaunuary, 2018. In the Rehabilitation Center: the tiger Saihan and the tigress from Lazo
PRNCO “Tiger Center”
“When we arrived to Pozharsky district after receiving information on a wounded tiger cub, the snow cover was waist-deep and the temperature -30°C. We had to warm up the syringe with medicine because it had got frozen right away. The tiger cub was found under the tree quite far from the road, only one of his eyes was blinking in the dark, he was exhausted and a lot of blood was around. When we pulled him out, it was just a piece of blood ice. One eye looked missing, all in blood. We thought he would never survive. Nearest hunting lease helped with the off-roader with a cabin GAZ-66. We launched the heater. First of all, we warmed him up, removed blood and ice, provided first aid and transported to the Rehabilitation Center. It turned out that the eye was in place, just after the gun shot it fell down deep under eyelid. Finally the tiger recovered and now he is an absolutely normal and heathy animal.” - comments Andrey Oryol, head of Human Wildlife Conflict Group of Primorsky Wildlife Department.

According to the Amur Tiger Center that took care of the tiger cubs, in spite of serious injuries that animals had a year ago, now they are absolutely fine and keep the specialists of the Center surprising with their success. In case if rehabilitation is going well, tigers will be released into the wild in spring 2018.

January, 2018. In the Rehab Center: the tiger Saihan and the tigress from Lazo
PRNCO “Tiger Center”
Comments Sergei Aramilev, head of Amur Tiger Center: “We understand that the vehicle will not be used every day. Speaking of tigers, the emergency veterinarian aid is required not that often. Usually tigers are captured whether in normal condition or found dead. However, tiger cub Saihan found wounded is the exact case when such mobile hospital is necessary. Now the Human Wildlife Conflict Group is fully equipped and only needs training to improve their professional skills to use all the range of possibilities.”
Human Wildlife Conflict Group
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia

The work on human-wildlife conflicts in the Russian Far East is implemented with support of the Amur Tiger Center and WWF Russia.

PRNCO “Tiger Center” carries out its work thanks to the grant of the President of the Russian Federation for development of civil society.

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