Kazakhstan, with the help of Russian experience, can return tigers to Central Asia in 2025. This was announced on September 5 by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a video message to the participants of the II International Forum on Tiger Conservation taking place at the WEF.
“It is gratifying that our experience is in demand in the program of Kazakh partners who are engaged in the return of tigers to Central Asia. Russian specialists share the belief that the first tigers may appear there in 2025. This initiative is extremely important,” Putin said in his address.
He pointed out that the number of tigers in the world has increased by 40% in recent years, although in some countries the existence of these animals is still under threat.
“I am pleased to note the achievements of colleagues from India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, where the populations of the big wild cat are growing steadily. We in Russia also have something to be proud of,” Putin said.
He recalled that 12 years ago, no more than 390 adult Amur tigers lived in the Far Eastern taiga in Russia, and now there are about 750 of them.
On the first day of the WEF, September 5, the II International Tiger Forum was held, the main goal of which is to draw the attention of the international community to the problem of tiger conservation, as well as to assist in the search for ideas and solutions for the implementation of financial and technical issues related to this problem.
On September 2, unique shots were taken in Primorye, the shooting captured the Red Book Amur tigress and her five cubs. For more than eight years of continuous monitoring of the protected area of Primorye, only three out of four cubs were captured.
In the wild, Amur tiger offspring typically consist of a maximum of three cubs. Even if a tigress brings more cubs, only a few survive to at least three months of age. Previously, it was possible to save a large offspring only in captivity, with the participation of people who looked after and cared for the animals.
The VII Eastern Economic Forum will take place on September 5-8 in Vladivostok. As Putin noted in his welcoming message to the guests of the event, the forum makes a significant contribution to building business ties between Russia and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, helps to attract investment flows and technological innovations, as well as to better unlock the rich economic and social potential of the Russian Far East.
The WEF organizing committee said that representatives of 40 countries have confirmed their participation in the forum in 2022. The press service of the forum added that it is planned to discuss the development of the Far East, the global and regional economy, international cooperation, as well as the trajectories of overcoming the crisis and the new architecture of the world at the WEF.