59 Far Eastern leopards and Amur tigers have ‘dual citizenship’© RIA Novosti. Anton Balashov
12 August 2019

59 Far Eastern leopards and Amur tigers have ‘dual citizenship’

The 2019 International Forum on Tiger and Leopard Transboundary Conservation took place in Harbin in late July. It was attended by employees of 18 national environmental organisations, including experts from Vorontsov Land of the Leopard.

At the opening ceremony, Jiang Guangshun, director of the Feline Research Centre under the Chinese National Forestry and Grassland Administration, presented very important information: according to Chinese scientists' observations and a comparison of data from monitoring and identifying animals on both sides of the border since 2013, 42 Far Eastern leopards and 17 Amur tigers make up a shared Russia-China population. These felines have "dual citizenship," which means they are hunting on both sides of the state border.

Jiang Guangshun also noted that the monitoring network in the provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang covers 12,000 square kilometres. Scientists have received more than 4,000 videos of Amur tigers and 600 videos of Far Eastern leopards from it.

The director added that it was necessary to establish a network of protection and monitoring stations on both sides of the border to expand the population, as well as create international and domestic wildlife corridors to allow felines to move more freely and to prevent inbreeding.

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