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Two grown-up tiger cubs are moving to the northwest of tiger range

14 may 2019
On May 14, two grown-up tiger cubs Pavlik and Elena from the Rehabilitation Centre “Tigr” started their journey from Primorsky to Amurskaya Province to be released into the wild.
Tiger cubs were kept in the Rehab Centre in Alekseevka village for more than a year.
Tiger cubs Pavlik and Elena
The Rehabilitation Center "Tigr"

Let’s recall that early in 2018 a tigress got into habit to steal dogs from the village of Aleksei-Nikolskoye in Primorsky Province. The predator’s behavior was untypical; she wasn’t scared by vehicles, or by flashlights, nor even by people’s shouts. On February 2, the Conflict Resolution Group of the Primorsky Wildlife Management Department with the support of nature conservation organizations managed to capture the young female tiger and place her in the Rehab Center. Her two cubs were captured later on February 20 and March 8, and also put to the same Rehab Centre.

The mother tigress named Kazachka in the transporting cage after capture

The rescue operation was carried out by the Primorsky Wildlife Management Department’s specialists, the Amur Tiger Center, WWF Russia and Rehabilitation Centre “Tigr”, with the support of the local villagers.

At first, the priority task after rescuing was the cubs’ recovery to physiologically normal state as they were too exhausted. Then a long and hard work on their rehabilitation in the enclosures followed. The cubs were accustomed to carnivorous diet and were trained to primary hunting skills and adequate reaction towards various disturbances and humans.

Tiger family in the Rehab Center in Alekseevka
The Rehabilitation Center "Tigr"

With much regret, their mother was considered unfit for the wildlife and she She was placed to one of the Russian zoos. That is why the cubs got over the most part of the rehabilitation period independently.

Finally, the recommendations of the working group were submitted to the Rosprirodnadzor for making decision on the cubs release into the wild.

“It is king of funny but we failed to identify the male cub gender right upon its capturing as at this age the sex difference is subtle, besides we were in a fuss. This is why we decided it was a female and immediately called her Marta (means March in English). You would probably do the same having two women “aboard” and the International Women Day (March 8) “onstage”. Of cause later the justice was served and the girl was converted into the boy and was renamed as Pavlik (a hypocoristic of Pavel)! In general the field operation to save a tiger family was unique with over 20 people involved. Over one month the specialists of different organizations have been working hand in hand to help the tigers and they have managed. Today is the height of our joint efforts – the cubs release. Having a special attitude towards this tiger family I wish for the animals to never ever get into humans “paws”. Let them prey lots of fat wild boars and deers, let them never encounter a poacher or a hooligan ready to shoot every moving thing in the wild forest!”, notes Pavel Fomenko, rare species conservation program coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch.
2018: resque operation
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia
WWF Russia backs the Rehabilitation Centre “Tigr” based in Alekseevka providing money for it general support and for secure upkeep of the enclosures. The projects on the Amur tiger conservation is being run in close cooperation with governmental agencies and the Amur Tiger Centre.
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