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The specialists from the Far East gained Swedish experience to support the Amur tiger population

23 april 2012
The Far Eastern experts on WWF project on the conservation of the northernmost Amur tiger population completed their study tour in Sweden.

The Swedish colleagues shared their experience in raising wild ungulates numberwith the specialists from Anyuisky National Park, Hunting Department at the Khabarovsky Region Government and Directorate for Wildlife Protection and Protected Areas of Khabarovsky region.

The joint project of WWF and Nordens Ark Zoo has been implementing on the funds provided by Swedish Post Lottery in Nanaisky district of Khabarovsky region for two years. Since 2010 the project executives have achieved good results. But nature dictates its demands. The great number of wild ungulates, which is the key tiger’s prey, dies every year in the severe climate conditions and under deep snow conditions during the winter season in Khabarovsky region. Thus, it was decided to conduct a number of study tours aimed on sharing the Swedish experience in raising wild ungulates number with the specialists from the hunting estates in Khabarosky region and Primorye.

Swedish experience in regulation of wild ungulates number is very indicative and extremely useful, - comments Yury Kolpak, the director of Directorate for Wildlife Protection and Protected Areas of Khabarovsky region. – We have seen the methods of raising wild ungulates number, used by Swedish hunters under deep snow conditions and low temperatures in the northern parts of Sweden. The experience gained will help us in our future activity on conservation of tiger population. The more wild ungulates we conserve, the more food for tiger we provide”.

The tour program, organized by the colleagues from WWF-Sweden has turned to be very intensive and diversified. Thanks to their efforts the Far Eastern specialists visited hunting estates in the north and east of the country, National Veterinary Institute, The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, the Swedish Hunters Association, the biggest in Scandinavia Kolmården Zoo. The terminal point of the tour was Nordens Ark Zoo, where the guys from Khabarovsky region got acquainted with the diversified methods of nature conservation.

The participants of the tour also visited feeding grounds for reindeers, elks, roe deers, wild boars, and fallow deers, watched the process of preparing feeding mix, and scrutinized all types of feeders used in Sweden.

The project on conservation of the Amur tiger population in Nanaisky district of Khabarovsky region is assumed to involve all the partners in the project activity – representatives of hunting estates and hunters, specialists from Anyuisky National park and local people, - says Viktor Nikiforov, WWF-Russia conservation program coordinator. – Very important part of the project is involvement of the indigenous Nanai people in the activity on the Amur tiger conservation. We highly appreciate our Swedish colleagues’ support and their interesting lessons in nature conservation”.