RUSSIA UPDATE: Amur Tiger Filippa shows her stripes

Filippa at rest in her enclosure. PHOTO: © PRNCO Tiger CenterAs our rescued Amur tiger cub, Fillipa enjoys the dense foliage in her natural enclosure, we can see that she is growing strong, and she has given us a perfect opportunity to document the unique stripes and markings that will help us identify her once released in the wild.

Photographic identification is one of important wildlife research methods. Tigers are a very convenient study subjects, as each individual has a different stripe pattern.

PHOTO: © PRNCO Tiger Center

In order to identify a tiger accurately it is necessary to “know” the stripes as viewed from the right, from the left, next to the tailhead and at frontal part of the head, as these will help identify Fillipa regardless of the angle at which a camera trap set in the wild might take her picture after her release.

--EB

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