Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance - Dublin Zoo, Ireland.

Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance

The Amur tiger once ranged across a large swathe of land covering the Russian Far East, northern China and the Korean peninsula. But in the 1940s, their numbers dropped to less than 50 individuals, mainly due to hunting. In 1947, Russia became the first country to grant the tiger full protection and, since then, tiger numbers have gradually been rising.

However, their future is still not secure with a number of threats remaining. The Amur tiger is currently classified as ‘endangered’. The Amur tiger’s habitat is now primarily restricted to the Amur River region on the border between Russia and China. This remaining habitat is under threat from human developments such as agriculture, logging and mining.

Poaching of tigers as well as their prey is hampering their recovery. Tigers are also shot when they come into conflict with people, often over domestic animals. In 2015, Dublin Zoo teamed up with the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) to support a project to reduce human-tiger conflict in the Russian Far East. This project is coordinated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Russian Programme and has two main parts. The first is to resolve human-tiger conflict when it arises and the second is to monitor the progress of orphaned cubs and rehabilitated tigers released back into the wild

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