Saikhan, male tiger, and tigress from Lazo released in middle reaches of the Bidzhan River
Staff of the Amur Tiger Centre, WWF-Russia, Rehabilitation Centre “Tigr”, Evreiskaya Province Hunting Department, and Nature Supervision Authorities have been monitoring the situation.
As all the specialists were not allowed to approach the enclosure they controlled the situation by the signals from GPS collars that have been fixed on tigers before. The female was the first to exit the enclosure in the evening of May 19. It took her quite a lot of time to make this brave decision. Maybe she sensed that this open door might be a trap and not a chance for escape. She headed to the east while Saikhan stayed inside the 50x50 meters enclosure for one more night. He started his west-bound journey next morning, May 20. They are separated right away but the distance between the two cats is not long so maybe they plotted to explore the area and meet at some point someday.
Today, there are 13 tigers including Saikhan and the female form Lazo living in Evreiskaya Province. An excellent prey base, a considerable minimization of anthropogenic factor, and the enforced protection result in a successful spreading of tigers across the Province.