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Good News for Rare Amur Leopards and Tigers in Russia

amur leopard

This blog appears in the In-Depth Report Science at the Sochi Olympics Two of the world’s rarest and most vulnerable cat species have had some good news in the past few weeks. The best of the news items covers the critically endangered Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), probably the rarest cat species on the planet, [...]

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Mystery Tiger Deaths Solved: Canine Distemper Plagues Siberian Tigers

In June 2010, an emaciated and disorientated female Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) named Galia wandered into the Russian town of Terney seeking any prey she was still strong enough to kill. Authorities were forced to put her down, a sad day for a subspecies that numbers maybe 250 to 300 animals in the wild. [...]

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South China Tiger Conservation Program Mourns Big Cat Lost in Tragic Fight

South China Tiger

A critically endangered South China tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) has killed another of its kind, sad news for efforts to save this rarest tiger subspecies from extinction. The death took place at the Laohu Valley Reserve in South Africa, where the organization Save China’s Tigers maintains a conservation project to breed South China tigers and [...]

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Russia’s tiger forum: Our last chance to save tigers from extinction?

Tiger skin on sale in Myanmar

Can the tiger be saved from extinction? That’s the goal of the International Forum on Tiger Conservation, a gathering of government leaders and conservationists in St. Petersburg, Russia, this week. Organized by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of all people, the Tiger Forum will culminate in the signing of what is being called the St. [...]

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Cost to save the world’s tigers: $10,000 each per year (or just pennies a day!)

Properly protecting the world’s remaining 3,500 wild tigers from poachers, habitat fragmentation and other threats would cost just 42 percent more than is already spent on tiger conservation—an additional $35 million per year, or $10,000 per cat, according to a new study published September 14 in the journal PLoS Biology. The money would be used [...]

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Tiger, tiger, burning out: What is killing Russia’s critically endangered Amur tigers?

Amur tiger

It may not be long before we witness the extinction of one of the world’s six species of tigers, the Amur (or Siberian) tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). As we have previously reported, Amur tiger populations have dropped precipitously in recent years to around 250 animals, and the species faces a genetic bottleneck that puts it [...]

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Three new ideas in tiger conservation: Which will work?

Bengal tiger

It seems that no matter what governments and organizations do lately, tiger poaching continues to climb, driving the big cats closer and closer to extinction. But now two countries are resorting to extreme measures to help combat the dramatic decline in tiger populations, while a third is trying a new idea to boost its own [...]

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Rare Siberian tigers face potential genetic bottleneck

It’s been a long century for the Amur, or Siberian, tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), the largest of the six remaining tiger subspecies. Once hunted nearly to extinction, just 50 tigers remained when Russia protected the species in 1947. Despite that protection, illegal poaching soon dropped that number to as few as 20. But enforcement and [...]

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