Amur tiger tracks discovered
Thu 20 November 2008 14:06 UK — Asia,Big Cats
Amur tiger tracks have been discovered in north-eastern China, giving conservationists hope that the species remains in the area.
Tracks were spotted in Changbaishan near the Chinese-Russian border; where it is believed just 20 of the species now remain, following habitat degradation, poaching and a small prey population.
There are currently just over 500 Amur tigers left in the wild and the species is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List.
Fan Zhiyong, director of China's Species Programme, explained that this discovery indicates that the tigers are moving deeper into China.
He said: "Therefore, it is of critical importance that tiger conservation occurs in the whole Changbaishan area."
The Amur tiger is also known as the Siberia tiger and is considered to be the largest of the all the tiger sub-species.
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