BREAKING: Rehabbed Amur tigers have at least one cub

The tiger cub behind a still-collared Svetlaya is the latest evidence that rehabilitated Amur tigers can be returned to the wild and produce offspring.Camera traps installed in the Zhuravliny Reserve Sanctuary have revealed that Borya and Svetlaya’s continuing relationship in the wild has resulted in at least one cub, maybe more. Legs and paws of a cub are clearly evident in one of the pictures.

This is fantastic news given the recent successes of rehabilitated Amur tigers, including the release of Filippa and the birth and growth of Zolushka’s two cubs, the first-ever cubs born to a rehabilitated tiger in the Russian wild.

Borya and Svetlaya were admitted and rehabilitated at the Primorsky Regional Non-commercial Organization’s Center for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals» (PRNCO Tiger Center) at the same time. Borya was released in May 2014 in the Amur Region (Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the release); Svetlaya was released a month later where they are presently located. Borya left the Amur region, travelled hundreds of kilometers to Zhuravliny and reunited with Svetlaya in December 2015.

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From that moment we were hoping that the two graduates of the PRNCO Tiger Center would soon become parents.

In July 2016 IFAW donated funds to purchase a snow and swamp-going vehicle GAZ-3409 “Bobr” for the Sanctuary to ensure protection of this wonderful pair of tigers.

It is clear the rehabilitation and work to provide these two tigers a safe home has paid off.

--MV

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