The “Amur Tiger” Center shared a video of tigress Sanda resting in a spring forest. The young cat is undergoing rehabilitation at the Center for Rehabilitation of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in the village of Alekseevka in Primorsky Krai and is preparing to be released into the wild.
In the video, the Siberian tigress Sanda is resting in a large rehabilitation enclosure. The cat yawns sweetly, showing her sharp teeth, stretches and squints under the first rays of the spring sun.
The experts note that the predator's rehabilitation is proceeding according to plan – Sanda is making progress in hunting wild pigs and deer, camouflaging well and avoiding people. In a few months, the cat will return to the taiga and live in the wild.
“We still remember how little she was when she just entered rehabilitation, how she was learning to hunt wild boars... Now Sanda has grown up. She skillfully hunts even large ungulates, avoids humans – this skill is also tested in the rehabilitation center – and traces of anthropogenic activity. Graduation is coming soon! " comments the press service of the “Amur Tiger” Center.
Let us recall that a lone tiger cub, aged 9-10 months, which was regularly going to the village of Gornovodnoye, was caught on May 16, 2020. The animal was placed in the Center for Rehabilitation of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in the village of Alekseevka for veterinary examination and temporary fostering. All expenses for the rehabilitation of the young tigress were covered by the “Amur Tiger” Center.
After two weeks of rehabilitation, the tigress's condition improved significantly – medical therapy and balanced nutrition did their job. The predator began to steadily eat food and drink water, which at first she refused. Having assessed the animal's health as stable, the experts decided to transfer her from the quarantine box to the enclosure.
At the initiative of the residents of the village of Gornovodnoye, who played a significant role in saving the young predator, she was named Sanda – in honor of the abbreviated old name of the village of Gornovodnoye – Sandagou.
The Amur tiger is one of the largest land-based predators on our planet, the largest subspecies of the tiger in the world. The weight of an adult male is about 185 kg, body length is 220 cm. About 520 Amur tigers have been recorded in the world. 95% of the entire population lives in the Russian Far East and 5% in China and North Korea. In 1947, the Amur tiger was taken under protection – hunting for it was completely prohibited in the USSR. Since 2010, the Russian Geographical Society has supported the Amur Tiger project.
The "Amur Tiger" Center is an autonomous non-profit organization created by the Russian Geographical Society in 2013 at the initiative of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. The tasks of the center are to study, preserve and increase the population of the Amur tiger in Russia through the implementation of nature conservation, scientific, educational and cultural and educational projects.