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WWF Russia conducted Amur tiger survey and its habitats research in Evreiskaya Province

12 february 2020
Together with WWF specialists, staff of other NGOs as well as the officials of the provincial Directorate on Fauna and PAs took part in the expedition.

On January 19-February 4, the field group conducted the research of the areas suitable for the Amur tiger habitats. The focus of the research was on Dichun and Zhuravliny WRs, the areas where the rehabilitated tigers were previously released, and the Pompeevka River basin where the Pompeevsky NP is planned to be declared. The experts had to count the local tigers, evaluate their distribution, age and sex structure, and the quality of habitats. 

“We have done such an extensive research for the first time in Evreiskaya Province. According to preliminary data collected during the expedition, the tiger group is growing and can be estimated at 20 tigers including the cubs. If 10-12 years ago even encountering tigers prints here was a once-off experience, now we can state that the tiger group in Evreiskaya Province is viable, stable, and with the potential to grow and expand both into Russia and China”, notes Aleksei Kostyrya, rare species projects coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch.
Counting of the Amur tiger number and assessing the habitats status in Evreiskaya Province
© WWF Russia

According to Viktor Kuzmenko, head of the Center TIGR, “The group of the Amur tigers has been created from scratch in Evreiskaya Province thanks to the joint efforts of the government and environmental organizations. The recent data prove that in Dichun, Zhuravliny and the neighboring hunting leases there are three tiger litters: one female has one cub, the other one has two cubs, while the third tigress has three cubs. We have been monitoring tigers here since 2014 using a network of camera traps with funds from WWF and the Amur Tiger Centre”.

The survey that covered 60% of potential tiger habitats is the planned activities WWF has been doing to establish a transboundary protected area on Maly Khingan Mountain Ridge. Such initiative WWF came forth with at NEASPEC meeting in Harbin last summer.

The fact that the protected areas should be declared asap was confirmed during the field research. 

Russian and Chinise Protected Areas in the territory where Pompeevsky Nationla Park is planned to be established
© WWF Russia
“The impression is that until the area is not protected, the users of forest and mineral resources are keen to extract everything destroying the nature of the future national park”, adds Aleksei Kostyrya.

In 2020, similar research of the Amur tiger habitats will be done in Taipinggou Reserve in China and the adjacent to the Russian border areas.

For additional information please contact
Senior Project Coordinator