Help Tiger Rehabilitation Center in Russia

Jul 15, 2013

Successful rehabilitation

Cinderella's transportation to release site

On May 8th, the tigress Cinderella was finally released back to the wild in the Bastak Nature Reserve in Jewish Autonomous Province! These entire time specialists were closely watching its every step and we keep on receiving the good news from the reserve.

The coordinates received through a satellite from Cinderella’s collar allowed us to follow the movements of a tigress, and have even shown the sites of her first hunting. After the release from the enclosure where a regular food was provided by the keepers, animals might have troubles with finding prey by themselves. On this stage it was especially important to register the fact of Cinderella’s successful hunting in new conditions.  The route of tigress’s movements in the reserve, with stops for 2-3 days, allowed specialists to track down some of her kills. Several badgers and a wild boar became the first prey of a tigress.  The recent coordinates from her collar also confirmed the facts of successful hunting. Having verified that in natural conditions Cinderella behaves as a normal wild tiger, the employees of Inspection Tiger are going to leave their post in Bastak and delegate responsibilities for tiger tracking to reserve’s rangers.

In the meantime we will keep on following the fate of the tigress, and support the rehabilitation of the three tiger cubs that still reside in the Rehabilitation Center for Rare Species.

Recently the two cubs (brothers) were moved to former Cinderella’s enclosure. They are doing well according to the keeper and already got comfortable in the new open-air cage. Like Cinderella they avoid people whenever someone gets to the center or approaches the enclosure to give food they hide in the remote secluded part of their new home. In June the specialist are going to start their “hunting training” by providing the prey, rabbits for the beginning.

The third cub remains in the separate enclosure. He also gains weight and acts like a wild animal that can be released into the wild in future.  

We would like to thank all our supporters who made the release of Cinderella possible through donations at GlobalGiving! In spite of a cruel destiny prepared for the small orphaned tiger cub, and thanks to aspiration of specialists to save and rehabilitate the rare animal, Cinderella got her chance for a normal life. In spite of pessimistic predictions of some experts claiming that the tigress should be placed in a zoo, she roams freely in the protected forest.


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Phoenix Fund

Vladivostok, Primorski Krai, Russia

Project Leader

Sergei Bereznuk

Vladivostok, Primorsky krai Russia

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