Re­turn of the Tiger

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Text By Zi Mei Pho­tos Cour­tesy of Hunchun Forestry Bu­reau

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

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