On March 6, Jilin Provincial Forestry and Grassland Bureau released images of Siberian tigers and Amur leopards taken in Jilin province this year. Those images show that the Siberian tigers and Amur leopards have been thriving freely as usual during the epidemic period.
Jilin Provincial Forestry and Grassland Bureau organizes and releases 23 images of Siberian tigers and Amur leopards taken this year. Those images released this time are captured by infrared cameras in the Jilin’s Hunchun forest zone and transmitted back from the field in real time through the wildlife resource monitoring system of Northeast China tigers & leopards monitoring and research center of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration. The released images were taken between January and March 2020, mostly in February.
Jiang Jinsong, an expert of the tiger and leopard expert team in Jilin province, interprets the video clips of Siberian tigers and Amur leopards. “These images can reflect that the situations of the protection and population development of the Siberian tigers and Amur leopards in Jilin province have been in an ideal state in recent years,” he said. “The Amur tigers and leopards living in Northeast China and in the southern part of Russia’s Far East share the same distribution area. Hunchun city is located on the border between China and Russia. In recent years, Siberian tigers and Amur leopards have frequent activities in Hunchun thanks to the conservation efforts of the Jilin government. By setting up a large number of infrared cameras, we have monitored significant increases in the populations of the two species, including 6 breeding families of Siberian tiger and 5 of Amur leopard. We also find the proportion of cubs has reached 30%-35%, which is a very ideal population structure. The significant population growth of Siberian tiger and Amur leopard, especially the emergence of breeding family provides a good foundation for the future development of the tiger and leopard populations.”