A rare predator threatened with extinction. An animal included on the IUCN and Russian Federation Red Lists of Threatened Species and listed in Appendix I of CITES. The largest of the five tiger species left roaming the planet. A 2005 field survey indicates there are around 500 Amur tigers alive in the taiga of the Russian Far East.
Poaching, human caused destruction of tiger habitat, a decline in the number of ungulates that are the predator's primary prey, these are the factors that today threaten the survival of the tiger in the wild.
WWF's first project in the south of the Russian Far East was the Protection of the Amur Tiger and its Habitats. The project organized and supported anti-poaching activities. WWF supported field team called «Tiger» that was staffed by members of the Primorskii Krai Committee on Ecology. WWF also supported anti-poaching teams in the Lazo and Sikhote-Alin Zapovedniks, protected landscapes that are key to the tiger's survival. The program to protect this rare and endangered wild animal has been a WWF-Russia priority since 1994.
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