Only in Primorye rehabilitation center for predators this winter is no longer able to accept orphaned tigers, because due to lack of financing experts can not increase its area, told RIA Novosti on Thursday, director of the Vladivostok branch of special inspection "Tiger" Victor Gaponov.
"I am concerned about the fate of the tiger, which is free. Winter has just begun, but our focus is already full. Unfortunately, this winter we will not be able to take orphaned animals," — said Gaponov.
He explained that the center was fully completed after the beginning of December, he had placed three Amur tiger, which was left without a mother, went to a military unit in Yakolevskom district of Primorye. Before this spring, he brought a young tigress Cinderella, which is also orphaned, alone came to people.
According to the source, the state, as well as regional authorities do not fund the rehabilitation center directly. Despite this, the staff of special inspection "Tiger" is created and maintained its existence through the organization "Fund for the Protection of tigers." He, in turn, received funding from the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences named Severtsov and the Russian Geographical Society.
"Despite the difficulties with financing, in October 2011, construction of the center was largely completed and, according to leading international experts, the location and the design of the rehabilitation center for the Tigers — the best in the world" — said Gaponov.
Now experts are concerned that the existing funding is not enough to provide a complete pet food center — four growing tiger. Who cared about that have made two public organizations — the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the fund "Phoenix".
However, as said Gaponov, rehabilitation funds to permanent financing, which would not only provide employees and pet center, but also allow him to develop.
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 a 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.