Sergeï Aramilev, Directeur du centre de réhabilitation et de réintroduction du tigre de l'Amour dans l'extrême - orient russe a fait le point hier, dans le cadre du forum économique oriental de Vladivostok (11 - 13 septembre 2018). Amur Tiger Programme, hier.
Sergei Aramilev, general director of the Amur Tiger Centre, reported that the latest count of Amur tigers in Russia puts the population at 560–580 animals.
Aramilev also added that tigers in Russia will always be a rare species.
“We understand that due to natural disasters that took place many tens of thousands of years ago, tigers were isolated and had to live in extreme conditions, but they have survived. There will never be many of them here; it will always be a rare species. According to expert estimates, the remaining habitat can sustain 700 tigers: this is how many felines can live in harmony with humans at the current development level of the Far East’s south,” Aramilev said in an interview with RIA Novosti held as part of the Eastern Economic Forum. The forum is taking place in Vladivostok on 11–13 September.
Sergei Aramilev, general director of the Amur Tiger Centre, gave an update on the tigers Vladimir Putin released into the wild in 2014.
During his interview with RIA Novosti held as part of the Eastern Economic Forum (11–13 September, Vladivostok), Sergei Aramilev said that soon after Svetlaya the tigress was released she gave birth to an unusually large litter. The father, Boris the tiger, was released at the same time. All the cubs are fine, Sergei Aramilev said.
“All the cubs are doing well; they are now leaving the litter. Svetlaya is a hero – she raised them all,” he said.
At the same time, Boris may form a couple with Filippa; a camera spotted them meeting once.
Sergei Aramilev also added that it is unknown what happened to Kuzya, although various rumours about an unidentified tiger with a collar come from China, the Jewish Autonomous Region and the Khabarovsk Territory from time to time. Specialists have not found the tiger’s remains from poachers or the collar.
Zoologists hope that Ilona will bear cubs, too. “There is a good chance of that since male tigers have begun visiting the Amur Region, and sometimes we found their paw prints just a day-long trip away from her. So we all are waiting for the winter in hopes of confirming that Ilona has a mate and will have cubs,” Sergei Aramilev said.
He also noted that the tiger release in which Vladimir Putin took part launched the tiger reintroduction programme in the Jewish Autonomous Region. “All of this began with the president’s cubs; if there were just a couple of felines in the Jewish Autonomous Region back then, there are 12–13 now, offspring of the reintroduced felines, and this number will grow. We are glad that those tigers rarely get into conflict with the locals, and all of the conditions are in place to support the optimal number of felines in the region,” Aramilev added.
La veille, le Premier ministre russe Dmitri Medvedev avait signé un décret sur le transfert de plus de 1,1 million d'hectares de terres forestières dans le territoire de Primorsk dans la catégorie spécialement protégées pour l'inclusion dans le parc national « bikini ». Ce territoire n’a désormais plus qu’un seul «propriétaire» et les contrats précédemment conclus pour le droit de mener des activités dans ce domaine n’ont plus de force juridique. Il s'agit maintenant de créer une infrastructure de protection à l'intérieur du parc national, par la construction de cordons, de petites casernes de transition, la création de routes pour les patrouilles et, en conséquence, la protection des territoires. Ce qui n'était pas possible avant le transfert de ces terres au parc national. Rappel: le 2 juillet 2018, le parc national "Bikin" a été inscrit sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO. Amur Tiger Centre, ce jour.
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