Amur tigers are classified as endangered.
Amur tigers are threatened by wildlife poaching, disease, and habitat loss.
In the 1940’s Amur tigers were almost extinct, with less than 50 individuals remaining in the wild. Thanks to conservation efforts, there are now estimated to be ~550* individuals in the wild.
Conservation efforts include the banning the hunting of both tigers and their prey species by the Russian government, along with breeding programmes in zoo’s, increasing tiger populations suitable for reintroduction.
Emerald Park conservation contribution:
Wild Cats Conservation Alliance
Emerald Park has continued to support the Wildcats Conservation Alliance through funding that is needed to protect the critically endangered Amur leopard and endangered Amur tiger. To date, more than €50,000 has been donated to the conservation organisation, to aid in ‘Securing a Future for Amur leopards and Tigers in Russia’.
100% of funds, from Emerald Park, go directly to field work, supporting the project in several ways, including:
Reducing the poaching of Amur tigers, Amur leopards and their prey species and improve the protection of their habitat.
Improvement of law enforcement efforts within areas that are protected.
Raising awareness and involving the local people in nature conservation actions.
Wildlife Vets International
In the past, Emerald Park, has donated to Wildlife Vets international (WVI) who aid conservationist and local vets, around the world, to save endangered species. WVI have been involved in developing ways to mitigate the risk of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) to wild animals, including Amur tigers.
Amur tigers are part of the EAZA Ex-situ Programme (EEP). This means that their population is managed to ensure that there are heathy individuals within EAZA member zoos should there be the requirement of reintroductions, to the wild, in the future.