Filippa in the enclosure (c) Tiger Center
The administration of Jewish Autonomous Region approved the location of the release of the rehabilitated tigress Filippa in May 2017 on their territory! Tiger’s releases will help speed up the formation of a sustainable Amur tiger habitat in the territory of the Jewish Autonomous Region.
Filippa has undergone a regular medical check-up at the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals. Specialists assessed Filippa’s health, measured her body and took blood samples. The results showed that the tigress is in good health. She is very active and has acquired the skills vital for predators.
“The tigress has successfully learnt to avoid humans, which, aside from being able to hunt on her own, is a necessary condition for her potential return to the wild,” Yekaterina, a senior researcher at Land of the Leopard National Park and zoologist at the PRNCO “Tiger Center”, said commenting on the examination’s results.
Filippa’s “passport” has also been compiled. It will help researchers to identify her among other tigers in the future. If her rehabilitation proceeds smoothly, she may be ready to return to the wild in a year, scientists say.
In the meantime, tiger specialists have to determine the optimum release place by conducting a survey of the area and create social project on rehabilitation of stable tiger population. During the seven-month period the “Tiger Center” specialists will conduct a retrospective analysis of the Amur tiger habitat in the region, identify the most suitable release site to avoid future conflicts with humans. In addition, it is necessary to analyze the available prey base and identify tiger breeding areas ensuring sustainable existence of the predator groups. An important component of a successful release will be the preparation of the local population. It is planned to develop and produce educational publications for residents of the area explaining the feasibility of restoring Amur tiger numbers and the rules of human behavior in tiger habitat.
Another happy ending for one orphaned tiger cub becomes possible thanks to your support! Every donated dollar ensures the good health of the tigress in the rehabilitation center and builds a bridge for her new life in the wild. We are now collecting funds to perform all the necessary surveys and pre-release arrangements to make sure Filippa will like her new home.
The tigress was just four month old when she was found by a resident of Filippovka, a village in the Khasan District in Primorye, in winter 2015. The emaciated cub was immediately taken to the rehabilitation “Tiger Center”, where she has been under observation ever since.
Weighing (c) Land of the Leopard NP
Medical check-up (c) Land of the Leopard NP
Cages for tiger transportation (c) Tiger Center