Based on photographs, Svetlaya is in an excellent physical form. PHOTO:© IFAW/WCS/Hunt department ЕАОWith the help of GPS collars and camera traps, we are tracking tiger movements and location clusters (possible sites of successful hunts) of the tigers released in 2013-2014 from the Rehabilitation Center in Primorsky Krai.

The joint monitoring group, which included staff of PROO Center Tiger, inspectors of the Hunting Inspection of the Government of the Jewish Autonomous Region, experts of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) with support of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), have returned from the routine monitoring trip with interesting data.

Tiger tracks help us follow Borya and Svetlaya.

The male tiger Borya, released in May 2014 in the the Amur Region, after almost one and a half years has moved to the Jewish Autonomous Region to the territory of “Zhuravliny” Sanctuary, where the female tiger Svetlaya, released a month after Borya, chose to establish her home range.

While tracking the movement of Borya it was determined that he actively marks the territory: 11 scratch marks were found within 1 km of the track. Also a successful hunt site was found. The tiger had killed a young wild boar.

The camera traps managed to take several photographs of Svetlaya.

Based on the photographs the animal is in excellent physical form. The female tiger established her own range, and regularly visits mark trees and even successfully managed to hunt and kill an adult female wild boar. As the tiger did not eat the prey fully she obviously does not lack food.

Borya may have found Svetlaya’s marks.

There is so far no data available confirming that the tigers met, but we would like to believe that in a foreseeable future the animals would mate and they would have tiger cubs.

Tiger monitoring activities with support of IFAW are performed by PROO “Center “Tiger””, inspectors of the Hunting Inspection of the Government of the Jewish Autonomous Region, experts of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), specialists of A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences and staff of “Bastak” and “Khingansky” Natural Reserves.

–EB

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