Science protects the Amur tiger
Blood samples were taken from a wild female tiger captured in Lazovsky District, Primorye, in December 2016. The procedure was carried out during veterinary examination in the Rehabilitation Center “Tigr” in the village of Alekseevka. All samples were placed in the Bank of biological materials of protected animals and plants, which is currently being created in Vladivostok by several environmental organizations. Later, the blood samples were passed to the laboratories observing all necessary formalities.
In May 2018, the tigress from Lazo was released into the wild with her “friend” Saikhan. According to the specialists, who continue monitoring animals’ movements and behavior, the tigers perfectly adapted to their new environment and keep hunting successfully.
For the moment, the tigress that now is settling down in Evreiskaya Province is the only wild Amur tiger in the world with the known complete nucleotide sequence of the mitochondrial genome.
The research was carried out by the group of scientists including the representatives of the Federal Scientific Center of Biodiversity of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Far Eastern Federal University and the Biology Department of Moscow State University.