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Tiger family is doing well in Evreiskaya Province

01 february 2019
The Amur tigers, Boris and Svetlaya and their two cubs, feel themselves happy and safe. Such was the conclusion of the Amur Tiger Centre, the Rahabilitation Centre TIGR, Evreiskaya Province Wildlife Management Department, and WWF Russia specialists after the analysis of pictures and video captured by camera traps in Zhuravliny Wildlife Refuge.

The Amur tigers, Boris and Svetlaya and their two cubs, feel themselves happy and safe. Such was the conclusion of the Amur Tiger Centre, the Rahabilitation Centre TIGR, Evreiskaya Province Wildlife Management Department, and WWF Russia specialists after the analysis of pictures and video captured by camera traps in Zhuravliny Wildlife Refuge.

Boris and Svetlaya were released back into the nature in Evreiskaya and Amurskaya Provinces in 2014 after a course of rehabilitation. On top of everything Vladimir Putin, the President, participated in Boris’s release. Having covered 500 kilometers of the taiga the mates found each other several years after the releases. They met for the first time in 2015 and coupled at once to feel the joy of being together and keep specialists excited.

The whole family was filmed by camera traps. According to the data, the cubs of their first litter are staying within their parents hunting area. They leave lots of marks while Boris and Svetlaya follow the cubs’ trails and leave their marks. Such communication “tools” mean that peace and mutual understanding reigns in the family. All the cats feel good. They are well nourished meaning there is plenty of food in the area and they are skillful hunters.

Also during the field trip locations of Saikhan, the male released in Evreiskaya Province last spring. The specialists found the remains of two wild boars which proves that the young mail has adopted to the new environment successfully. He has returned to the place of release and right away is within one day march to the female from Lazo.

In the area there is one more tiger – tigress Filippa. In fact she is the one we have no fresh information about as her radio collar stopped working in October 2018 and there are no camera traps in her hunting area. To have all the data about the tigers of Evreiaskaya Province our partner organizations plan to enlarge the network of camera traps.

It should be noted that the Amur Tiger Centre and WWF Russia support the monitoring program of Amur tigers reintroduced in Evreiskaya Province and provide support to the provincial Wildlife Management Department.

The monitoring results demonstrate that the tiger numbers has increased in Evreiskaya Province, due to the reintroduced tigers as well.

“Well, some people might ask why do we need another stripped trouble? We have no idea what to do with wolves. But the field research confirmed that wolves have entirely disappeared from the areas of the tiger release. In fact, one predator has replaced another without any loss of the main prey base, the ungulates. With the current and forecasted tigers number and a guaranty of their survival in the northwestern part of the home range, we have to establish the Pompeevsky National Park – a large protected area in Evreiskaya Province, that could deal with ecotourism development and tiger conservation”, notes Pavel Fomenko, head of rare species conservation unit at WWF Russia Amur branch.
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