Spotlight Russia: Suspected Tiger Traffickers Arrested



Border guards in the city of Nakhodka in Primorsky Krai intercepted an attempted illegal sale of the pelt from an Amur tiger, and arrested five individuals involved in the transaction, according to an announcement last Friday by the press service of the Boarder Guard Agency of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.

With only about 500 Amur (Siberian) Tigers remaining in the wild, it is critical that every effort is made to protect this imperiled species. 

During the 2010 Tiger Summit in Russia, then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for our work protecting tigers. We have provided Russian anti-poaching brigades with equipment and training, and we host a Tiger Day event attended by thousands each year in Vladivostok,

Our recent report on wildlife products available over the Internet has encouraged a crackdown on wildlife criminals, and working in collaboration with organizations, we have supported the groundbreaking rescue of six orphan Amur tigers, and their successful release back into the wild.

We are tracking the released tigers, and they are adapting well to their wild habitat. We hope soon to receive evidence of breeding and new cubs, helping to rebuild the population of this critically endangered species.

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