Rescue and rehabilitation

In India and Russia, we rescue wild tiger cubs found injured or orphaned by poachers and rehabilitate them with the goal of returning them to life in the wild.

IFAW-WTI works with authorities to mitigate human-carnivore conflicts, including capture of the animals in conflict and subsequent rehabilitation.

As part of a joint effort by IFAW, Special Inspection Tiger, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), half a dozen wild tigers have been rehabilitated at a facility near Vladivostok in Far East Russia.

With designs on piloting a never before attempted wild tiger release, IFAW provided funds to feed, shelter and monitor an Amur tiger named Zolushka also known as “Cinderella”—orphaned in February 2012. After more than a year of rehabilitation, Cinderella’s release in June 2013 marked the first successful release into the wild of a rescued tiger cub in Russia. Almost a year later, five other orphaned Amur tigers, three males and two females, were successfully released to the wild through the same program.