One Month in the Wild

26.10.2009

Today, October 26, Russian scientists of Severtsev Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Science informed the Phoenix Fund about the state of the tiger cub that was released back into the wild on September 16, 2009 in Mikhailovsky district of Primorsky krai after a long rehabilitation period.

Vyacheslav Rozhnov, Doctor of Biology and Deputy Director of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution said: “At present I can tell you that during a month Oleg (Oleg is a name of the 1.5-year tiger cub) kept roaming about the area where it had been released earlier and rambled within a radius of 5-7 kilometres. Several times the animal visited Ussuriisky Nature Reserve, mostly its northern part, and then came back. Last week, the young predator headed southwards to the place it had been captured in winter and stayed again in Ussuriisky Nature Reserve, this time in its eastern part.”

Since the release in September the scientists have been watching the animal’s movement and behaviour. They receive information from a special satellite radio-collar that was attached to the tiger prior to release. Unfortunately, the specialists cannot tell for sure what the predator eats. In the nearest future the scientists are going to examine the reserve’s area where the tiger “Oleg” has caught some prey and still stays there.

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