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Amur tiger population grew from zero to eleven in one of WWF’s model plots over eight years

06 february 2020
Such are the results of the first stage monitoring of the Amur tiger carried out by the Primorsky Forest and Wildlife Ministry and WWF in Primorye.

Tiger monitoring is being conducted for 24 years in model plots located in different districts of Primorye. Recently, one more plot, Spasskaya, was added to the network of monitoring plots. It is located on the eastern Siniy Ridge (Blue Ridge) in Anuchinsky and Spassky districts.

Spasskaya model plot was included into the network as a quite large tiger group made its appearance in the area.

Tiger tracks on the territory of WWF's model site
Pavel Fomenko / WWF Russia
Amur tiger monitoring on WWF's model site
Pavel Fomenko / WWF Russia

Carrying out the Amur Tiger Conservation Strategy, WWF Russia stared investing serious efforts into bringing tigers back to the eastern Blue Ridge. Eight years ago, jointly with governmental agencies, NGOs and game users WWF Russia elaborated plans to protect and increase ungulates numbers in this territory, and these plans were put in practice successfully.

Pavel Fomenko during the Amur tiger monitoring
Pavel Fomenko / WWF Russia
«Eight years ago, the tiger number here was almost zero. Now the situation has changed dramatically. Eleven tigers today is a great result for such isolated territory. Tigers lead a full-on life here; females with cubs are recorded, proving that the group of predators is sustainable. What is the most for me is that ungulates are enough both for tigers and game users, proving that compromise between hunting management and rare predator conservation is possible,” comments Pavel Fomenko, senior coordinator of rare species conservation unit of WWF Russia Amur branch.
Boris Viktorovsky, specialist of the Primorsky Forest and Wildlife Ministry
Pavel Fomenko / WWF Russia

To achieve such results, it was necessary to convince and get interest game users in peaceful coexistence with the tiger, and to prove that if all the recommendations are followed, ungulates are enough for rare cats and humans. The first stage of the Amur tiger monitoring in Primorsky Province is over. The second stage will be held in February, when the experts confirm the data with tiger tracks in the snow and camera traps’ shots.

According to the Amur Tiger Center, over the past five years the Amur tiger population in Russia is stable with a trend upward. Now it is estimated at 580-600 tigers.

The work on the Amur tiger conservation in the Russian Far East is carried out with support of the Amur Tiger Center and WWF Russia.

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