RAS researchers take part in the 5th International Wildlife Management Congress in Japan

RAS researchers take part in the 5th International Wildlife Management Congress in Japan

10 August 2015

Members of the permanent expedition of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) that study animals from the Russian Red Data Book and other rare species of Russian fauna, who are carrying out a project of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) on the study of rare species (the Amur tiger, Far Eastern leopard, snow leopard, beluga, Persian leopard and polar bear), made reports at the 5th International Wildlife Management Congress, which took place in Sapporo, Japan from 26 to 31 July.  


The Russian scientists reported on the principles of recovery of the populations of large carnivores and the reintroduction of the Amur tiger and other big cats in Russia (Vyacheslav Rozhnov); the social structure and habitat use by Amur tigers in the south of the Russian Far East, based on data obtained using GPS-telemetry and camera traps (Jose Antonio Hernandez-Blanco); the genetic structure of the Amur tiger population and the extent of isolation of the Sikhote-Alin and southwestern groups (Pavel Sorokin); evaluation of the physiological status of large carnivores as an objective tool to assess the status of populations of rare and commercial species (Sergei Naidenko); cross-border movements of large carnivores in Russia’s Far East (Maria Chistopolova).


The reports by the Russian experts evoked much interest at the congress, which was attended by nearly a thousand experts from 50 countries, demonstrating a high level of the Russian science. Presentations made by members of the RGS delegation demonstrated their high professionalism. In some areas the results of their activities were unique or exceeded those of their foreign colleagues.


Russian experts also assessed the achievements of their colleagues, looked at samples of expedition equipment displayed at the congress and exchanged experience.