Spotlight Russia: Cinderella, the released Amur tigress, continues to thrive in the wild

A motion-activated camera trap snapped this picture of Cinderella after her release.For those of you following the story of Cinderella (aka Zolushka), the tigress released back into the wild in May 2013 thanks to the International Fund for Animal Welfare and its partners in Russia, here is the latest update:

For more than two months we have been receiving satellite data practically every day, and we’re monitoring Cinderella’s movements in the wild.

This has been possible due to efforts of the staff at the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who obtain the data from the satellite tag, process it and trace it on the map.

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The first days after her release, Cinderella mainly stayed within the area of the release. Her movement did not exceed four square kilometers. Gradually she’s been increasing her territory and now, two months after release, she has become very familiar with the full extent of the Bastak Nature Reserve.

During her life at the rehabilitation center, Cinderella really loved resting in the stream which ran through her enclosure. Based on the satellite coordinates, we know that she approaches rivers, likely to bathe and spend some time enjoying the water. 

Approximately once every 7-10 days, Cinderella remains in one spot for quite a long time which gives us reason to believe that she is able to hunt successfully. Within the territory of the Bastak Nature Reserve, there are a lot of animals which can serve as food for tigers.

The first two locations of Cinderella’s reported hunts were checked by the reserve inspectors, and the remains of her meals were found. They included bones and leftover hides of wild boars and badgers. 

We are hoping that Cinderella will continue to send signals to us, and we will be able to share the good news with you.

Right now, IFAW is helping to rehabilitate three male tigers in Far East Russia. Despite all of the challenges, we are hoping that they will be able to return to the wild sometime soon.


Stay tuned for more updates, and help us save and protect tigers and other endangered animals by donating now.

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Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
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