Specialists monitor tigers released in Evreiskaya Province
While in the recent raid the researches managed for the first time to visit the “flat” of Filippa, a female, that was brought back to the taiga, to the Dichun Wldlife Refuge in April 2017, and set camera traps there. The tigress’s “premises” is difficult to reach. Located close to the Russian-China border and running along the steep bank of the Amur River it is rich in unscalable rocks and quagmires. According to the monitoring staff, Filippa has chosen the best imaginable place to settle. Her hunting area is adjacent to the plot of Boris, a male, and researches are keen to follow the possible relations between the tigers.
Svetlaya, a female, and Boris, a male, the old timers of the Zhuravliny Wildlife Refuge, stick to their plots and visit the familiar sent mark trees. The couple’s offspring has already left their parent’s territory but of the young tigers has settle at the plot adjoining to the Mum’s and Dad’s ones and the threesome use one and the same sent mark tree!
On the other hand, Saikhan and Lazovka released here this May after being rehabilitated in a shared outdoor enclosure in Primorye, have not decided yet where to settle. They are safe and sound but they are not yet reunited. The young tigers hunt regularly, successfully, their prey is diverse: wild boars of different ages, roe deer, and a wolf. Though Lazovka keeps close to the area with human settlements and livestock herds she never approached the humans and prey only wild ungulates.
Data from GPS collars report that Lazovka stay in the south of Filippa’ plot while Saikhan shares Boris’s plot. This is not good of cause but the provided by radio collars locations show that they are still searching for the areas to settle down.
Based on the received data we can say that Saikhan and Lazovka are adapting to the wild environment effectively. The distance between the two cats is around 60 kilometers which can be covered by a tiger within two days. The researches still hope that to “roommates” will reunite someday. Right away their hunting plots are adjacent to Boris’s, Svetlaya’s, and Filippa’s ones which means that a stable, non-fragmented grouping of tigers are being formed in Evreiskaya Province.
The field monitoring is being done by the Rehabilitation Center “Tigr” and the Evreiskaya Province Hunting Department with the support of WWF and the Amur Tiger Center, with participation of the Border Service of Khabarovsky and Evreiskaya Provinces.