Program for the conservation of Amur tigers, initiated in the Russian presidential administration, will be financed from extra-budgetary sources, including grants of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS), told RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
"Foundation will fund the work of extra-budgetary resources, including grants of the Russian Geographical Society," — said Peskov.
Foundation for the Protection of tigers will be created on the basis of the fund for the protection of the Amur leopard, whose work for many years in charge of the head of the presidential administration, Sergei Ivanov. Since the fund was justified and well established, it was decided to create a fund for the protection of tigers.
"This will deal Chuichenko (Chapter Presidential Control Directorate Konstantin Chuichenko)" — added Sands.
Siberian tiger lives in the Russian Far East — the Khabarovsk and Primorsky regions. In the middle of XIX century the Russian population was more than one thousand individuals. Predation and destruction of its habitat has led to the fact that for a hundred years, the number of individuals was reduced to 50, and the Siberian tiger found in the 40-ies of XX century on the brink of extinction. After the measures the population size was increased. Recent surveys show that the predator population has stabilized at around 450 individuals.
RGS was founded August 18, 1845 by the decree of Emperor Nicholas I. Currently Russian public organization "Russian Geographical Society" includes 81 regional offices across Russia. The headquarters is located in St. Petersburg, the RGS. Major regional offices — Primorsko and Moscow. In 2009, he was elected president of the RGS Sergei Shoigu, head of a board of trustees — Vladimir Putin.