Three tiger cubs born from Svetlaya and Boris in Evreiskaya Province
In 2013 the survey revealed only one tiger inhabiting the Bastak Nature Reserve, while in 2017 their number has increased up to 11 individuals. Four of them are the tigers released in Evreiskaya Province after the course of rehabilitation, and the other five are the cubs born from the rehabilitated tigers! This practically makes 2% of the whole wild tiger population. However, taking into account often visits of tigers from Khabarovsky Province the number might be even higher.
As the experts assumed, tiger cubs are about one year old. They are cheerful and happy! They copy the habits of their mother sniffing the marking trees after her. It’s hard to determine the gender of cubs yet, but it was possible to examine the stripes and to see a very familiar pattern: one of the kittens has an unstriped side just like tiger Boris, their Dad, has! Happy father of the family, who was also recorded by camera traps, is looking great as always.
The news that tigress Svetlaya became a mother appeared in May 2017. However, the exact number of tiger cubs remained unknown. New photo and video from camera traps were received in the course of tiger monitoring in Zhuravliny Wildlife Refuge. Svetlaya returned to her previous site where she was not registered from spring to autumn, and made a round with her three grown up cubs!
The remoteness and sparse population of the territory is a key factor for the wild animals wellbeing. That is the reason of successful Amur tiger reintroduction in Evreiskaya Province. As many predators, tigers are strongly dependent on movements of hoofed animals. They usually have winter and summer hunting sites. The camera traps were set in the winter site (taking into account the tracks on the snow) so that is why the experts could not find Svetlaya on camera traps for a long time. When winter comes the tigress returned to her winter hunting site and demonstrated her cubs.
According to Alexei Feoktistov, in the course of tiger monitoring, rangers actively use camera traps. Each tiger site is under supervision of certain people and patrolling of the territory is regularly organized. In order to form friendly and conflict free attitude of humans towards tigers the schools of Birobidzhan city conduct ecological classes, as well as raise awareness among local people, the Tiger Day is celebrated in the region since 2015.
activities are being done by Primorskii regional non-commercial organization
«The Center for rehabilitation and reintroduction of tigers and other rare
animals» (PRINCO “Tiger Center”), autonomous non-commercial organization “Amur
Tiger Center” with the support of Evreiskaya Province Wildlife Management
Department and WWF Russia.
Photo copyrights are PRINCO “Tiger Center”