Vladivostok, Russia--Today the Russian Government created a new national park that is habitat for the endangered Siberian tiger in the country’s Far Eastern region after six years of research and negotiation by World Wildlife Fund. Roughly the size of Rhode Island, Anyuiskii National Park—1562.5 square miles--is the largest of three protected areas established by the Russian government in 2007.
“Anyuiskii Park is a critical piece of the puzzle for tigers in the Russia’s Far East,” said Dr. Darron Collins, WWF’s Managing Director for the Amur-Heilong. “A core zone of protection in the north, it’s part of a large ‘network’ for tigers that WWF has championed for more than a decade.”
The park includes some of the most pristine forest in the Sikhote-Alin mountain range along the right bank of the Amur River, the Eastern Hemisphere’s longest undammed river. These mountains were the setting for Vladamir Aresniev’s Dersu the Trapper and the 1975 film by Akira Kurosawa based on the book Dersu Uzala.
“Tigers occupy about two-thirds of the new park,” said Dr. Yuri Darman, WWF’s Russian Far East director based in Vladivostok, Russia. “We’ve estimated that five to seven tigers live and will now be protected by Anyuiskii.”
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