Released orphaned tigers Borya and Svetlaya survive second winter in wild

New photographs of the tigers famously released back to the wild show that Borya and Svetlaya have successfully survived their second winter.

Their good physical condition confirms that during the winter they did not suffer from lack of food.

While other predators—lynxes, wolves and bears—inhabit the tigers' range, there are no “strained” relationships. This situation differs from the one in the “Khingansky” Natural Reserve, where female Ilona has established her range; she has hunted wolves several times, which led to the wolves moving to a different territory.

The experts have not researched interactions between predators within ranges of reintroduced tigers in detail.

Monitoring is performed jointly by PRNCO “Tiger Center”, inspectors of Hunting Inspection Department of the Jewish Autonomous Region government, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), experts of A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, staff of “Bastak” Natural Reserve and “Khingansky” Natural Reserve with support of Fund “Phoenix” and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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