Thanks to The International Fund for Animals (IFAW) Cinderella (Zolushkai n Russian) the Amur Tiger was released into the wild May of last year and new reports show she is doing very well.
Cinderella was rescued by IFAW when she was only a around 6 or 7 months old. She was found wandering alone without her mother in a terrible condition, she was exhausted and frostbitten. She was taken to Tiger Rehabilitation Centre in Far East Russia where the plan was to bring her back to good health, teach her how to hunt, avoid humans and eventually release her into the wild.
Cinderella has now been living in the Bastak Nature Reserve in Primorsky Kraiwild for a year and park staff are still monitoring her movement from her radio collar. She is exploring her new home, feeding well and trackers say she is in good shape.
The Tiger Rehabilitation Centre prides itself on the lack of human contact it has with its tigers and all their big cat enclosures are monitored by cctv. Camera traps are also place around the enclosures so that the tigers activities can be tracked at night. They encourage the tigers to hunt for themselves by releasing live food such as rabbits and deer when they are bigger.
A recent study by the Tiger Rehabilitation Centre conservationists revealed that when a human approaches the tigers enclosure the tigers lay low and keep their distance from the humans. This is an essential trait to have when being released back into the wild.
“Tigers’ habitats are shrinking; their hunting territories decrease due to unprecedented logging and wildfires. The decline of the ungulate population (the tigers’ prey base) is also of great concern,” explains Maria Vorontsova, IFAW Russia Director. “Poaching is flourishing because tigers are highly valued in the traditional medicine market of neighbouring China. All of these reasons lead to female tigers dying with increased frequency. Hungry and exhausted tiger cubs then wander into villages in search of food.”
To find out more information about the IFAW log onto their website : www.ifaw.org