Amur tiger population grows in Jewish Autonomous Region

Amur tiger population grows in Jewish Autonomous Region

13 October 2017

Experts from the Amur Tiger Centre, the Tiger Centre and the Hunting Supervision Department in the Jewish Autonomous Region have completed the routine monitoring of the tigers that were released into the wild in the Dichun and Zhuravliny nature sanctuaries.


The process involved checking the “clusters,” or the supposed hunting grounds of the tigress Filippa, as well as camera traps in the area used by the tiger family Boris and Svetlaya. In Zhuravliny, the camera traps often captured images of Boris, while Svetlaya does not seem to wander the entire grounds in the area under research.


Specialists refer to the Jewish Autonomous Region as a “tiger region” because at least nine Amur tigers live there, including at least three cubs born to previously released tiger couples. Five years ago, the region was home to only one tiger.


“Natural reproduction of the tiger population has been launched in the Jewish Autonomous Region, and the new offspring confirms this. This means the region provides relatively favourable conditions for tigers. We expect the number of tigers to reach at least 30 over the next decade,” said Alexei Feoktistov, head of the local government’s department for wildlife protection and management.


The next monitoring of the tiger population in the Jewish Autonomous Region is scheduled for November-December 2017.