Thursday, 17 December 2015

Historic image of tiger and her cubs

Date:December 10, 2015
Source:Wildlife Conservation Society

Credit: Bastak Reserve
Cinderella has babies! WCS and partners report from Bastak Reserve, a 162 square mile (420 km2) protected area in the Pri-Amur region of the Russian Far East, a tiger cub who lost her mother and nearly died, has became a "Cinderella" and is now a mother.
The reserve was devoid of tigers for nearly 40 years until Cinderella was released there two years ago and has now attracted a mate from another region.

Anxious waiting by biologists in the area was rewarded on December 9, 2015, when Ivan Podkolnokov, the reserve inspector responsible for monitoring Zolushka -- Russian for Cinderella -- returned from the field with historic photos: Zolushka standing under a huge Korean pine tree, with two small cubs huddled underneath her.

"This is a great day for Bastak Reserve" said Aleksandr Yuryevich Kalinin, Director of the protected area. "This demonstrates that there is still suitable habitat for tigers in the Pri-Amur region of the Russian Far East, and there is a place for tigers here. Our thanks go out to Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, WCS, IFAW, the Phoenix Fund, and Special Inspection Tiger and working collaboratively with us to make this happen."

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