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Terrific Video of Siberian Tiger Cubs

Posted by Richard Conniff on November 24, 2015

This just came in from the Wildlife Conservation Society.  It’s camera trap video of rarely seen Amur tigers from Russia’s Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve.

Fewer than 500 of them survive in the wild. But here you can see an adult female trailed by three of her big cubs.  I’m using a Twitter link here, so hoping this works:

The cats are using an overgrown forest road as a travel corridor; the same type of road patrolled by poachers with spotlights.

WCS is working in this region with Russian collaborators to close old logging roads to protect Amur tigers and their prey. The footage is a sign that these efforts may be working.

 

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