Photostory: Finding new tigers in Russia
Monitoring Amur tigers with accuracy is challenging because tigers are secretive and range over large remote areas, making them impossible to observe. But ZSL’s team in the Lazovsky Reserve, Russian Far East, has identified two previously unseen tigers using special automated cameras around the area.
Find out more about this project here: Amur tiger conservation in The Russian Far East
The ‘camera traps’ capture pictures of the tigers, as well as other species, as they walk past. The animals trigger a heat and motion sensor and a photograph is taken.
ZSL began monitoring Amur tigers using camera-traps in Lazovsky in 2007 but the work there started years before; our field crew has over 14 years of experience studying wild tigers in Russia.
From the photos, including the ones below, they successfully identified two tigers from the year before and two new tigers not photographed before.
ZSL is launching an awareness programme using camera-trap photographs such as these one of the reserve’s tigers and other species. Support from local people is crucial for success in conservation, particularly of species that are dangereous to humans.
We aim to highlight the uniqueness of each one and to encourage local communities to feel some ownership of and special connection to ‘their’ tigers.
See these amazing photos of these newly identified tigers and find out more about Amur tigers and ZSL’s work to protect them.