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Премия рунета 2017

Amur tigress Kazachka was sent to a Siberian zoo

10 october 2018
On October 9, the staff of the Primorsky Wildlife Management Department, the Amur Tiger Center and WWF Russia carried out the immobilization of tigress Kazachka in the Rehabilitation Center Tigr in Alekseevka village. The predator has been transported by plane to the zoo in Krasnoyarsk.

The tigress, captured on 2 February 2018 near Aleksei-Nikolskoye village in Primorye, was considered unfit for release into the wild.

Let’s recall that this conflict tigress made a lot of noise in winter 2018 nearby Aleksei-Nikolskoye village in Primorye. More than half a year she had been going through the course of rehabilitation with her cubs in the Rehab Center in Alekseevka village.

Pavel Fomenko reports from the site

In March 2018 Pavel Fomenko, the staff of WWF Russia, during the process of vaccination of tigers was attacked by Kazachka. Most likely she felt there was a possible threat to the cubs. The speed of tiger attack is about 80 km/h, the fence was broken down and the animal has injured Pavel’s head and shoulder. Fortunately, Pavel has survived. The doctors of Primorye saved his life, and one month ago he had another serious surgery at the hospital in Moscow. This tragic case has made to draw a special attention to safety control for the people who work with predators. At present Pavel Fomenko coordinates the work on improvement of the enclosures with conflict tigers. 

Kazacha in the Rehab Center Tigr in Alekseevka village
Rehabilitation Center Tigr
Immobilization process in the Rehab Center Tigr
Pavel Fomenko / WWF Russia
Kazachka has moved to Krasnoyarsk. This is not the worst place for her, she will be placed to the zoo. Unfortunately, and to my great regret, she is not able to get back into the wild. This decision was made by a special commission that examined her hunting skills and fear of people. The tigress did not pass this difficult test. Her destiny is to keep genetic bank of Amur tigers in zoo population, - comments Pavel Fomenko, who these days together with colleagues prepared Kazachka to be departed to Krasnoyarsk.
Amur tigress Kazachka transfered to a Siberian zoo
Pavel Fomenko / WWF Russia

Two cubs of Kazachka are staying in the Rehab Center. Actually, they are already grown up young hunters ready for life in the wild. In case of a successful rehabilitation and passing all necessary tests, two female tiger cubs will be released into the wild in spring 2019.

With support of the Presidential Grants Foundation and thanks to WWF supporters we are now improving the enclosures of the Rehabilitation Center Tigr in Alekseevka village. This is a very important issue that ensures safety of staff and specialists who work with the predators. We strengthen the fence with the second layer of double stainless wire. The perimeter of the enclosure is equipped with dense plastic barrier to avoid the disturbance factor for tigers. I’d like to thank everyone who helped us in this work, - Pavel said.

The Amur tiger conservation projects in the Russian Far East are implemented with support of the Amur Tiger Center and WWF Russia.

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