Return of the Tiger
At 4 a. m. one August morning, Ms. Ba drove her three-wheeled motorbike to “patrol” her cornfield in Liangshui Village, Ying’an County, Hunchun City, Jilin Province of Northeastern China. She set off firecrackers there to scare wild boar away; the animal often prowled her fields to gnaw on the crop.
Since 2008, Hunchun City, dubbed “the home of the Manchurian tiger,” has begun to implement the “strictest-ever” management of forest and biological resources. Hunting is forbidden so that villagers can only frighten the animals away and cannot hurt them. After a decade, the population of wild animals in the territory, including tigers and leopards, has seen gradual growth. On September 12, 2017, the Jilin Branch of the Pilot National Park Administration for Manchurian Tigers and Leopards was founded.
Manchurian Tiger and Leopard Rescue
The Manchurian tiger, also known as the Siberian tiger, is found in Russia’s FarEast and China’s northeastern region. Due to destroyed habitat and human poaching, the population of wild Manchurian tiger dropped dramatically to 200 worldwide in the late 1970s. Between 1998 to 1999, experts from China, Russia and the United States jointly conducted research that