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Double joy as two new cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia

By The Siberian Times reporter
31 October 2019

For the first time in 12 years a family of tigers returns to reserve in Khabarovsk region.

Full of energy, healthy and clearly very well-fed, two endangered Amur tiger cubs were pictured by photo traps of Bolshekhekhtsirsky Nature Reserve. Pictures: Zapovednoye Priamurye

Two healthy cubs - a male and a female - were pictured running along forest paths and following their mother at the Bolshekhekhtsirsky Nature Reserve. 

Last time one of the world’s rarest big cats lived in this area of Khabarovsk region was in 2007. 

Several years ago a young Amur tigress was first noticed in the area, and recently the team of the reserve was overjoyed to receive proof that she delivered two cubs. 

‘Photo trap pictures confirmed it was a male and a female cub. They look healthy and very well-fed, with the female staying close to mother and the male being noticeably more independent. 

‘We think he is already participating in hunting with the mother. Another unusual thing we learned thanks to photo traps is that the father of the cubs stays close to the family’, said researcher Alexey Gotvanskiy.

Double joy as two cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia 


Double joy as two cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia 


Double joy as two cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia 
Double joy as two cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia. Pictures: Zapovednoye Priamurye


Appearance of the tigers as permanent ‘residents’ of the reserve is a good sign, which indicates good environmental condition and confirms there is enough food supply for predators. 

The tiger cubs will stay with the mother for some more months before starting their independent lives.

They will be monitored through a system of photo traps of the the Bolshekhekhtsirsky Nature Reserve, set up with help of Amur branch of WWF Russia 

'Another unusual thing we learned thanks to photo traps is that the father of the cubs - pictured on the last picture below (ST) - stays close to the family'. Pictures: Zapovednoye Priamurye

Double joy as two cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia 


Double joy as two cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia 


Double joy as two cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia 


Double joy as two cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia 


Comments (4)

Apology, Marianne. Didn't mean to down vote. Won't let me change it. A recent Russian census counted approx 500 Siberian tigers with approx 100 cubs. The cubs are a great sign for the Siberian tigers future and let's hope conservation management continues it's support of this vital link in the chain of a healthy Siberian wildlife population and continues its vigilance against poaching.
Chad Hammond, United States
07/11/2019 09:34
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Truly wonderful to see, but please keep them safe from poachers.
Marianne Mattinson , London, England
05/11/2019 05:17
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Thanks. ..Phototraps are a good tool to take an eye on the wild animals without disturb them! Good work
Jocelyne, FRANCE
01/11/2019 20:06
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Beautiful Amur tigers! Keep them safe from all harm.
Doug Holman, USA
01/11/2019 01:49
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