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Published on : 2028-09-07
September 14th : china offers to other asean countries to make a particular effort and take strong initiatives to fight poaching and traffic   Read more

Published on : 2024-03-08
24 december 2007: thaï forests can home 2000 tigers   Read more

Published on : 2024-03-08
31 january: strong indian plan to save tigers. will it be enough?   Read more

Published on : 2024-03-08
13 february 2008: associating forest people rather than excluding them   Read more

Published on : 2024-03-08
14 february 2008: 8000kms long corridor for tigers   Read more

Published on : 2024-03-08
19 february 2008: indian tigers: 800, 1400, 2000?   Read more

Published on : 2024-03-08
17 february: in front of death. soon no more subspecies in tigers   Read more

Published on : 2020-11-07
2008: india come back?   Read more

Published on : 2020-11-07
2008: india come back?   Read more

Published on : 2020-11-07
A marvellous instance of harmony building   Read more

Published on : 2012-11-07
Tigers rediscovered in india   Read more

Published on : 2012-11-07
Amur tiger festival   Read more

Published on : 2012-11-07
New indian elements and thapar despair   Read more

Published on : 2012-11-07
Captivity weakens tigers   Read more

Published on : 2012-11-07
Indians want to believe that it is still possible to save wild tigers   Read more

Published on : 2012-11-07
Indonesians hide diversity richness to destroy forests without any opposition   Read more

Published on : 2011-11-07
Europa in the heart of tiger trade   Read more

Published on : 2008-12-07
New threats and reactions   Read more

Published on : 2008-12-07
A decisive victory for rewilding process   Read more

Published on : 2008-07-27
Tremendous frozen chambers   Read more

Published on : 2007-09-05
Galhano alves exposition   Read more

Published on : 2007-09-03
Tigers in freezer   Read more

Published on : 2007-08-30
Decisions of indian government   Read more

Published on : 2007-08-29
Sunderbans under water*-   Read more

Published on : 2007-08-27
Li quan against mafia tigers protection   Read more

Published on : 2007-08-21
Empty panna !   Read more

Published on : 2007-08-17
Russian custom officers confiscated hundreds of bear paws   Read more

Published on : 2007-08-15
Tigers: new formula to secure future instead of fruitless trade controversy   Read more

Published on : 2007-08-09
Armand farraci is published in the french version of « the ecologist »   Read more

Published on : 2007-08-04
An open letter of nirmal ghosh to barun mitra   Read more

Published on : 2007-08-03
Less than 1500 tigers in india   Read more

Published on : 2007-07-30
More on tiger trade controversy   Read more

Published on : 2007-07-27
Thibetan festival goers ordered to wear fur   Read more

Published on : 2007-07-22
Death of shiv kumar patel   Read more

Published on : 2007-07-16
Come back from cambodia of véronique audibert   Read more

Published on : 2007-07-14
Rewilding captive tigers   Read more

Published on : 2007-07-08
Wang wei hopes a lifting of the trade ban.   Read more

Published on : 2007-07-01
Tiger farms workshop   Read more

Published on : 2007-06-26
Marine crocodiles against tiger poaching   Read more

Published on : 2007-06-22
Barun mitra controversy   Read more

Published on : 2007-06-13
Tiger trade and tiger farms forbidden   Read more

Published on : 2007-06-04
Three black tigers in orissa   Read more

Published on : 2007-05-24
Only 500 tigers in 27 indian reserves   Read more

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A chinese tiger rediscovered in the wild for the first time since decades?   Read more

 
News
Published on: 2012-11-07
\"Cautious optimism\"of americans about siberian tigers...against evidency

 

Cautious optimism for recovery of the threatened Amur tiger
By Ken Burton of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
October 31, 2007
IN A WORLD WHERE MANY ANIMALS ARE UNDER SIEGE, THE AMUR TIGER OFFERS AN ENCOURAGING WORD: SUCCESS
In a world where many animals are under siege, the Amur tiger – popularly known in the West as the Siberian tiger – offers an encouraging message: the population of the huge cat is showing signs of recovery.
Thanks in part to $611,131 in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grants that, combined with partner donations and in-kind contributions, push the total to more than $1 million, the big, distinctive cats appear to be rebounding in Russia.
Recent surveys indicate that between 331 and 370 adult tigers and 100 young – about 450 tigers in all -- are living in the Russian Far East, home to 95 percent of all Amur tigers in the world.
Service wildlife biologist Fred Bagley, long associated with Amur tiger conservation efforts, said a spike in tiger poaching in the early 1990s was subsequently met by a Russian government crackdown, and the intensified anti-poaching efforts have paid off.

The tigers’ situation has shown marked improvement: local government in the Russian Far East, said Bagley, is firmly committed to helping rescue the tigers, and the Service has remained a firm partner in the effort. Service grants have helped pay for vehicles, uniforms, fuel and even salaries for Russian game wardens who have had success in deterring poachers. It’s a relationship that has had positive results. “It’s hard to find another place in the world where tigers are doing as well,” Bagley said.

Left alone in the wild, the tigers do well, indeed. Amur tigers breed easily, and even though the number of litters in the current decade has given cause for some concern, the number of cubs born to each litter has increased slightly, granting some stability to the gradual population increase.

Amur tigers, which can weigh up to 600 pounds at maturity, are loners that travel enormous distances in search of prey, such as elk and wild boar. While some of the tigers have been known to attack humans, they usually prefer to avoid people. The tigers have been known to eliminate wolves that venture into their territory.

Another enemy of the tiger is Russia’s own healthy economy. Wildlife law enforcement jobs in the Russian Far East don’t pay well, and even the most dedicated Russian game wardens are often easily lured elsewhere by better pay, making it difficult to keep trained personnel on the job.

“In the scheme of international grants, the amount of money we’ve contributed to this effort has been relatively modest,” said Bagley. “But there is no doubt that we’ve had an impact. This is one of those times when you can point to something and say, yes, we’re making a real difference. Applied research, habitat protection, effective law enforcement and the support of local people made possible through conservation education, are advancing the survival of this tiger.”

Infact, reality of tiger situation seems to be much more gloom than that depicted here, as all field observers show. Is the preceding article a new (after many others) justification of a big NGO about its depenses?

Alain Sennepin