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Wildlife experts angry and sad after rare Amur tiger is fed by motorists

By The Siberian Times reporter
26 May 2021

Two men shared a video of feeding spicy pork and sausages to one of the endangered predators.

About 600 adult Amur tigers - 95% of the world population - live in the regions of Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Amur regions and the Jewish Autonomous region in the Far East of Russia

The Amur Tiger Centre has condemned  motorists who filmed themselves feeding an adult Amur tiger they met on a drive across Primorsky region. 

The Far Eastern experts, who have spent years bringing the endangered predators back from extinction, and take a lot of measures to prevent potential conflicts between humans and tigers, said they were bitterly disappointed with the video. 

‘When will you smarten up, people? Now this appeared a good-natured step, like ‘LOL we fed a tiger’. But once a tiger understands the link between food and humans there will be screams ‘Help! Save! Tiger came to a residential settlement!’ 

‘Under other circumstances we would have used a well-known phrase by Sergey Lavrov (**** imbeciles!, The Siberian Times), but now we’ll just say that we categorically condemn such behaviour,’ the team wrote on its social media. 

There have been several conflict situations in the Far East of Russia between Amur tigers and local residents; the most recent was a local official killed by an Amur tiger. The predator had to be shot as it attempted another attack halfway through the operation which aimed to sedate and rehabilitate the animal.

Experts of the Amur Tiger Centre work very closely with local hunting and wildlife officials to prevent conflicts, and to ensure that local residents are aware of key rules of living next to the world’s biggest cat species. 

About 600 adult Amur tigers - 95% of the world population - live in the regions of Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Amur regions and the Jewish Autonomous region in the Far East of Russia. 

Some Amur tigers also live in China and in North Korea. The next tiger census in Russia will be held in winter 2021-2022. 


The team of PRNCO 'Tiger Center' have rehabilitated 7 tigers and 1 African lion.

Of them, 6 tigers were released into their natural habitat. Five became fully adapted to life in the wild.

The first female Zolushka (Cinderella), which had passed the full course of rehabilitation, was observed with two cubs in December 2015. The tigers Svetlaya (Bright) and Boris, released in 2014, formed a couple. The Centre was founded on 19 September 2012.

Comments (1)

As tempting as it may be to feed wildlife as these f...imbeciles did; the consequences are deadly and must be condemned.

It brought to mind the atrocities and barbaric canned hunting practices going on in France, America and South Africa where the poor animals associate humans with their food, not realizing that the human will simply shoot and murder them in the end.

Thank God this is not the case here for these majestic, beautiful and endangered Tigers; however if they are fed by motorists and associate humans with food, they run an enormous risk to end up shot and murdered by the guns of poachers.
Anonymous , Switzerland
29/05/2021 20:27

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