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Tiger named Uporny settled in wild refuge

03 february 2016
Over the last two months Uporny roams the Gur River basin which in Khabarovsky Province, Russia.

His location is proved by the signals from the GPS module attached to his collar. The area Uporny has settled down is a regional wildlife refuge Gursky. The protected status of the area ensures comfortable existence of the tiger.

One of the regular field trips of the Russian scientists, specialists of WWF, and the Amur Tiger Center to check Uporny’s locations has finished. During the trip the tiger’s bed was found where he had been resting for several days. At this o no signs of any struggle or hunt were discovered. Another location revealed the tiger’s hunt site with the remains of a wild boar weighting not less than 50 kg.

Uporny has been living in Gursky wildlife refuge since November 29, 2015. The specialists assume that for the time being the male has chosen the optimal place of residence.  

Before, Uporny moved across Khabarovsky Province very actively causing anxiety among the specialists. The predator was released into the wild in May 2015 in the Mukhen River basin, on the border with Anyuisky National Park.

Having spent some time in the park the tiger started persistently heading north. In October, he reached the Amur River and went towards Nikolaevsk-na-Amure (which is one of the biggest cities in the Russian Far East). On his way, he preyed two adult wild boars.

“From my perspective, this is one of the successful scientific experiments when adequate and justified decisions first to capture the tiger, then to rehabilitate him, release and monitor his movements were taken. By doing this, aspects of governmental management as well as factors of public and scientific control were taken into account. To my personal memory, we live through such an experience for the first time. But let’s hope for the best,” notes Pavel Fomenko, biodiversity conservation program coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch.

During his travels, Uporny neither entered human settlements nor encountered a man. This is proved by the data received from his collar in online mode.  Khabarovsky Province Hunting Department controls the location of the tiger as well as his physical condition. The Department staff maintains high state of readiness to prevent any conflicts if the tiger come close to humans.

If the tiger continues to behave properly till this spring then in late May specialists will remotely unfasten the collar. It will indicate that the animal is rehabilitated effectively and that his adaptation to the wild is a success.

Let us remind you that Uporny was removed from the wild and placed in Utyos Rehabilitation Center. For his stubbornness and unwillingness to get out of the transport cage into the enclosure, this 3 year old male was nicknamed Stubborn.


Run, Uporny, run!
© Joseph Vattakaven / WWF
Movement of Uporny in Khabarovsky Province
© WWF Russia
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