Tiger observation expedition in Jewish Autonomous Area completed

Tiger observation expedition in Jewish Autonomous Area completed

1 February 2019

Experts of the Amur Tiger Centre, the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (Tiger Centre) and hunting oversight service of the Jewish Autonomous Area summarised the results of their expedition to observe the population of Amur tigers in the area.


Expedition members obtained images of Boris, Svetlaya and their two cubs in the Zhuravliny Nature Sanctuary, which indicate that the tiger family continues to enjoy living in the nature reserve.


“The cameras captured Boris and Svetlaya as well as two tiger cubs from their first litter. The cubs stayed within their parents’ habitat and are extensively marking the territory while their parents are following the marks and leaving their own, as a means of communication. This means that the tiger family is enjoying harmony and mutual understanding. Based on the retrieved data, the tigers feel great. They look well-fed, which means they are successful hunters and get enough fodder,” Tiger Centre Director Viktor Kuzmenko said.


Remains of two boars were found in the area inhabited by Saikhan, which means the tiger successfully adapted to living in the wild on his own. However, there is no data on Filippa, a female tiger who inhabits the same territory.


“She is our only lost animal. Her collar stopped sending signals in October 2018 and there are no trail cameras in her area. But considering the distance between her territory and residential areas and roads, we are certain she is doing fine,” Sergei Aramilev, director of the Amur Tiger Centre, commented. He added that in spring, they plan to install more trail cameras in the Jewish Autonomous Area in order to capture images of all the local tigers.