Moscow, September 19. /ITAR-TASS/ Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered to allot 15 million roubles from the presidential reserve fund in 2013 to Primorskii Regional Non-commercial Organization «The Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals» (PRNCO «Tiger Centre»). As stated in the order published on official portal of legal information, the funds are allocated for “the maintenance of Amur tigers in order to ensure their return back to the wild, the purchase of equipment and construction of necessary infrastructure”.
Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, is authorized to ensure that the funds are being spent for the intended purposes.
On September 1, Vladimir Putin visited the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNCO «Tiger Centre»). The President asked about the current level of funding for the Centre and wondered how much money is required for its smooth operation. According to the Centre’s specialists, the Centre, a wood plot of 3 hectares, cost about 11 million roubles. And about 1 million roubles per year are needed to keep one tiger at the Centre. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi informed that about 3-4 million roubles were going to be allocated soon. Putin asked Donskoi to do calculations and find the way for financing the Centre.