Show your love for Russia's rescued tigers this Valentine's Day
Feb 13, 2017
Vladik - safe in the PRNCO "Tiger "Center" and gaining strength for his release - image: PRNCO "Tiger "Center".
Every year human activity, including poaching, accounts for the known loss of c.10 precious Amur tigers from the wild in the Russian Far East. Illegally killed for the black market, adult tigers are often poached in the winter when the search for food leads them closer to human settlements. These tragic deaths sometimes mean that cubs are orphaned and, if not rescued quickly, they can soon succumb to starvation and the harsh sub-zero temperatures of the Russian winter.
In the winter of 2016/17 six Amur cubs were in need of emergency help:
- October 21 - a 2 year old male cub named 'Vladik' (pictured above) was rescued near Vladivostok and is currently being prepared for a return to the wild this spring.
- October 27 - a 3-4 year old male was captured near Solontsovy and, after assessment, was returned safely back to the wild.
- November 9 - a 3-4 year old female also captured near Solontsovy, was brought in for rehabilitation.
- December 16 - a 5 month old female 'Lazovka' was brought in for rehabilitation.
- January 13 - a 5-7 month old male cub found with a bullet wound to the head is now in isolation after surgery and is expected to make a good recovery.
- January 28 - a 3 year old tigress found in the Pozharsky district with severe exhaustion and serious frost bite succumbed to her injuries likely caused by a trap or snare.
Providing the necessary, expert care to support these precious tigers as they are prepared for their return to the wild is critical to the survival of the species. With as few as 540 Amur tigers left in the wild every tiger is important. Please, if you can, support the teams working to save the orphaned tigers.
- £14 ($17) helps pay for a caretaker to look after the tigers for one day
- £30 ($37) pays for a vet for a day
- £180 ($225) provides meat and training in hunting skills for one tiger for a month
- £360 ($450) covers travel, release site surveying and tiger monitoring after release
To-date, the signs are looking positive for the older tigers who retain their fear of humans and are exhibiting good hunting skills. With your help to provide the care and sustenance they need, these rescued tigers could be ready for a return to the wild this spring and be part of the survival of this highly vulnerable species.
You can donate to help them survive by clicking HERE
Thank you for helping us to continue this important work to save wild tigers - we can only do it with your support.
Through the worst and in a stable condition after surviving a gunshot wound to the head - this little cub needs your help to prepare him for a life back in the wild - Image: PRNCO "Tiger "Center".
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