360 Amur tigers are remaining in the wild and it is the culmination of life-saving rescues of orphaned tigers, months of rehabilitation efforts, and a smooth relocation and release involving the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Special Inspection Tiger, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Phoenix Fund, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
“There are an estimated 360 tigers surviving in the wilds of Russia today, a noticeable decline compared to the more than 400 at the start of the century. Poaching and shrinking of tiger habitat due to unprecedented logging and wildfires, as well as the decline of the ungulate population – the tigers’ prey base – are still the main threats for the tiger population. Female tigers are dying with increased frequency because of all of these reasons. When orphaned, hungry and exhausted tiger cubs then wander into villages in search of food,” explains Maria Vorontsova, IFAW Russia Director. “If we want to save this species from extinction, every single life needs to be considered precious. These three tigers were released in the area where tigers have not been sighted for years and are thought to have become extinct. Our previous experience shows that now they have real chances to survive in the wild,” said Vorontsova.