For many years now, to preserve the Amur tigers’ population in the Russian Far East, the Moscow restaurant holding ‘Tigrus’ has organised a special charity project ‘Tigrus,’ where visitors to the holding’s restaurants contribute money towards increase livestock, fighting against poaching and for environmental education of the local population. In the middle of the winter, President of the ‘Tigrus’ holding, Henrik Winter went on an expedition to the ‘Anyuiskiy’ National Park, which is located 230 kilometres north of the city of Khabarovsk on Anuy River (a tributary of the Amur River).
It was almost evening when Henrik and Victor arrived. “We left our things at the base camp,” Henrik said, “and immediately went for a walk along a small path along the river, to see if we could spot any animal tracks. Almost at dusk we reached the top of a nearby mountain and filmed the winter landscape of the river valley. Staff at the base said tiger trails had been spotted 10 kilometres from the village a couple of weeks previously.”
“In the morning, we drove to check how forage was being distributed in the park and see if we could find any wild boars and tiger tracks. When we came back to base, we were told that that morning, an adult tiger had walked along that same path by the river. It reached the outskirts of the village, and then turned back into the forest. We went to measure and photograph the fresh tracks, and then thought: ‘was it luck that we didn’t meet with the tiger or not?’”
There are less than 4,000 tigers in the world today, and in the Russian Far East less than 550 tigers.