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Putin Tackles Environment, Helps Save Ussuri Tigers

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The Amur (Ussuri) tiger, one of the world’s rarest predators living in Russia’s Far East, China and Korea, is registered in the International Red Data Book.

The Ussuri tiger population, which numbered 100,000 a century ago, has now dwindled to 4,000. According to the 2006 census, about 450 Ussuri tigers live in Russia’s Primorye (Maritime) Territory and Amur Region.

August 31, 2008. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chief Veterinary Doctor of the Moscow Zoo, Mikhail Shenetsky, left, with a tranquilizer gun.

A five-year-old female Ussuri tiger, immobilized with a tranquilizer gun.

Scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution showed Putin transmitter neck-straps for monitoring the health of tigers and their migration routes.

August 31, 2008. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, and Senior Researcher of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Ecology and Evolution Viktor Lukaretsky, right, examining a five year-old tigress, temporarily immobilized by scientists.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin putting a GPS-Argos transmitter neck-strap on a five year-old tigress, temporarily immobilized by scientists.

The Russian Academy of Sciences program to study the Ussuri tiger is the first independent project implemented by Russian scientists in this sphere.

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