close up encounters possible at the Zoo's
exhibit are the envy of our Amur tiger conservation partner, Dr. Linda
Kerley, as she has had only a handful of opportunities to be so close to
tigers. For the Amur tigers that she and the other members of the
Amur Tiger Conservation Project (ATCP) study in
Lazovsky Preserve in Primorsky Krai, the Indianapolis Zoo's support paid for
15 vitally important tracking cameras that give Dr. Kerley a long
distance insight into the lives of the last few remaining wild Amur tigers
on Earth. The Zoo's support allowed an expansion of the camera
tracking program that identified four new litters of cubs in the reserve -
the first time cubs have been observed since 2008. The ATCP was also
able to expand their tracking work into a nearby newly protected National
Park. Results here have been astonishing, as shortly after the
first cameras were placed, a tiger was confirmed to be in the Park, along
with another litter of cubs. Camera traps are also instrumental in
establishing a deterrent program for poachers called "forest eyes" that uses
hidden surveillance camera to record illegal activity in protected tiger
habitat. Photo by Fred Cate
Tiger fans can help support the conservation of these wonderful animals
in other ways. Here are two good things you can do today!
Tiger Trackers and Help Save Tigers
Have fun and learn all about the
endangered tigers of Russia! Play Tiger Trackers and you can earn your
stripes as a big cat researcher in the wild while also raising funds to help
save the tigers that are struggling to survive. Half of all proceeds
go to the wild tigers!
Get started now
with the fun Facebook app (you may need to download Flash Player 10).
Save Vanishing Species Stamps
You can help save endangered species by purchasing the new Save Vanishing
Species stamp for the U.S. Postal Service.
Get all the