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Russian Federation,Environment/Wildlife, Tue, 26 Feb 2013 IANS
The statistics were based on media reports about tiger-related incidents.
A list of such incidents released by the fund indicated the toll could have been as high as 25, if unconfirmed deaths were factored in that were supported by circumstantial evidence, such as abandoned cubs.
“The losses may be irreversible, given how they deplete the (species’) gene pool,” wrote Sergei Bereznyuk, head of Phoenix, on the fund’s website.
Phoenix was founded in 2006 and is running its own tiger and leopard conservation efforts.
A bill outlawing such trade has been pending review in the Russian parliament since last year.
The Amur tiger was on the brink of extinction in the 1940s due to over-hunting.
Conservation efforts – supported recently by Russian President Vladimir Putin – allowed the population to reach some 450, though growth has slowed since the 1990s.
Here’s a very good infographic Agence France Presse has been circulating with its coverage of our report launch …
The sight of a wild tiger is a life-changing experience. But to make wildlife tourism a truly meaningful support for conservation, it is vital that the communities living around reserves become the first beneficiaries of tourism income.
Photocredit: Jayanth Sharma