Rescued Siberian tigers settle in for the winter season in Far East Russia


By: Ekaterina Blidchenko

1The Primorye region in Far East Russia got its first snow of the winter. Snow on the ground makes our tigers more cautious. Against the ground covered in contrasting patches of snow and dry leaves, the tigers are practically invisible. Their amazing camouflage makes them impossible to notice under even the smallest bush!

The tigers continue to grow and to work on the skills they will need to survive in the wild. They are very well nourished and are quite ready for the winter.

The tigers are growing up, but they are still very friendly with each other. Borya and Kuzya, the sisters, like to lay down side-by-side, touch each other and rub faces. And Ustin spends a lot of time next to his two neighbors. They communicate through the separating wire fence. We’ve only observed friendly contacts.

2Borya and Kuzya are now amusing themselves; they’ve learned how to turn the motion-detecting camera trap on. This makes it difficult to get their photos because when they are bored with the camera, they turn it so its lens faces away from them.

Snow on the ground also affects the tigers’ daily routine. In the fall, while the ground was snowless, the tigers were active during the daylight period too, but now they are very cautious and only venture out at dusk.

Credits: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

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