SIBERIAN tigers lost much of their population to poaching, illegal trade and hunting. They were closer to extinction in the eastern part of Russia. According to a 2005 census there were 423 to 502 Amur tigers surviving in the wild including adults and cubs. Soon after that the Russian government banned on poaching as well as illegal trade in tiger parts in domestic and foreign markets. Owing to these conservation efforts, the latest census says that tigers are on the rebound in Russia. Let’s study some real facts about the Siberian tiger population in 2018.
Siberian Tiger Population 2018 – How Many Siberian Tigers are Left in the World?
The latest census (2014—2015) shows a marked increase in the overall population of Siberian tigers as against the 2005 census. The current census says that there are 480 to 540 Siberian tigers inhabiting the wild habitat—which is 15 percent increase over the past ten years.
It’s a rare achievement for the Amur tiger population appears to be stable now. “It can be said that we have removed this rare cat from the crisis stage,” said by Sergey Donskoy, head of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources. Nonetheless, the tiger is still listed as an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The largest number of Siberian tigers is found in the Russia’s Maritime Province on the Sea of Japan. The most recent census shows that there are 310 to 330 adult tigers are surviving together with their 70 to 85 cubs. The report is published by the Russian ministry.
The Amur Tiger team employed numerous methods in 2015 to count Siberian tigers. They covered as much as 150,000 square kilometers looking for tiger markings, claw marks, and scat. The team also set few camera traps to take amur tiger pictures.
Conservation Efforts to Save Amur Tiger Population
Not only did the Russian government take tougher stance on wildlife poaching, they also assisted in increasing the tiger’s primary prey that is deer. Thanks to several national parks and game reserves the tiger can afford to prey on boar and deer.
The Siberian tiger poaching began as early as in the Russian Empire ranging from 1721 to 1917. Previously they were thought to be widespread all throughout Korean Peninsula, northern China, and the Russian Far East.