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VARVARA’S CUBS FINALLY CAUGHT ON CAMERA IN THE SIKHOTE- ALIN BIOSPHERE RESERVE!

(December 02, 2013)   -   In early September 2012, cubs were born to Varvara, one of the tigresses living in the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve (SABR). We knew this because Varvara had been tracked using a GPS collar since October 2011 under a joint monitoring program conducted by SABR and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Based on her GPS locations, it was clear that Varvara confined her cubs to a small area in a remote corner of the reserve during the first two months following birth. Only when the cubs became s...

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VLADIMIR PUTIN VISITS TIGER REHAB CENTER IN PRIMORYE

(September 30, 2013)   -   Vladivostok — September 25, 2013 — In  late August, the WCS Russia Tiger Conflict Team worked with a variety of partners to translocate two orphaned tiger cubs to a rehabilitation facility. The resulting events included a cameo by Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin himself. Read more here.

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EAGLE VERSUS DEER

(September 29, 2013)   -   NEW YORK (September 23, 2013) — A camera trap set out for Amur tigers in the Russian Far East photographed something far more rare: a golden eagle capturing a young sika deer. The three images only cover a two-second period, but show an adult golden eagle clinging to the deer’s back. Its carcass was found two weeks later, just a few yards from the camera, initially puzzling researchers.The images first appeared in the September issue of the Journal of Raptor Research, and quickly ...

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GIANT OWLS NEED GIANT TREES

(August 15, 2013)   -   New York, N.Y. — August 15, 2013 — A study spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Minnesota has shown that the world's largest owl – and one of the rarest – is also a key indicator of the health of some of the last great primary forests of Russia's Far East. The study found that Blakiston’s fish owl relies on old-growth forests along streams for both breeding and to support healthy populations of their favorite prey: s...

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CLASSIC RUSSIAN TIGER BOOK NOW IN ENGLISH!

(August 14, 2013)   -   Winter Ecology of the Amur Tiger, first published in Russian in 1987, is finally available to an English-speaking audience. This classic Russian monograph contains results of the most extensive snow-tracking of Amur (or Siberian) tigers ever conducted. Russian biologists Anatolii Yudakov and Igor Nikolaev tracked Amur tigers on foot for hundreds and hundreds of kilometers through the snow in the southern Russian Far East from 1970-1973, collecting information on movements and behavior. This upda...

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CANINE DISTEMPER VIRUS: AN EMERGING THREAT TO AMUR TIGERS

(August 13, 2013)   -   NEW REPORT IS THE FIRST PUBLISHED STUDY TO CONFIRM DISTEMPER AS A KILLER OF AMUR TIGERS NEW YORK (August 14, 2013) – The first-ever published study to genetically characterize canine distemper virus (CDV) in tigers confirms that CDV acts as both a direct and indirect cause of death in the endangered big cats in the Russian Far East (RFE). The study was conducted by health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo (WCS), the Primorskaya State Agricultural Academ...

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OPERATION SNOW TIGER AIRS ON BBC

(June 14, 2013)   -   The first installment of Operation Snow Tiger, which features the work of WCS Russia as well as research being conducted by the Russian Academy of Sciences Severtsov Institute, was featured on BBC June 9th and June 16th, 2013 in the United Kingdom. The program will be aired shortly in the USA by Discovery Channel, but dates have not yet been set. These programs track the process of saving a litter of three Siberian tiger cubs in late November and early December 2012 after their mother was appar...

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CONFLICT TIGER DIES IN CAPTIVITY

(February 09, 2013)   -   A tiger captured on February 28th died 5 days later, suffering from peritonitis and impaction of the stomach. The animal, apparently in bad condition, consumed the hide of a wild boar (possibly remains from a hunter kill) and impaction of the hair in the stomach prevented normal digestive processes, leading to peritonitis and eventually death.

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GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDED FELLOWSHIP FOR WORK WITH MUSK DEER

(January 22, 2013)   -   Dasha Maksimova, a graduate student at the Pacific Institute of Geography in Vladivostok, recently received a prestigious 2012 WCS Research Fellowship for her project “Threats to musk deer population persistence in the Russian Far East”, with work focused in the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Zapovednik, where our Siberian Tiger Project is based. Musk deer, which are famous for having fangs and a musk gland highly prized on black markets, are found throughout much of the higher elevations of...

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TIGER PARTNERSHIPS BURNING BRIGHT FOR ORPHANED CUBS

(December 10, 2012)   -   Last fall, in the frigid, snowy forests of the Russian Far East, three wild tiger cubs lost their most important ally: their mother. For us, the story began on Nov. 29 with a phone call to me at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) office in Vladivostok from Vladimir Vasiliev, the head of the regional wildlife department, Okhotnazor. He requested our assistance in capturing the four-month-old cubs, which had created a stir near a small village by attempting to make a meal out of a farmer&rsqu...

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