Sunday saw the start of a summit aimed at saving the tiger from extinction. Russia is hosting the event, which is expected to welcome Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, on Tuesday.
Herbal remedies, and their believed aphrodisiac qualities. Due to poaching, the number of tigers in the wild has dramatically fallen. In 1910, there were 100,000 tigers. Now there are only 3,200.
The aim of the summit is to double the number of tigers by 2022 – the next year of the tiger in the Chinese calendar. 13 countries where the animals roam will be at the special summit to work out a deal on tackling poachers.
Russia’s far east is one of the places to find the Amur tiger – the world’s largest cat. This region is the tiger’s main breeding ground, but today there are only about 400 left here. Wardens at Cedar Valley and Leopard Nature Reserve are always trying to protect the animals. Out on daily patrols, they try to catch poachers and confiscate their weapons. Anatoly Belov, Chief Inspector at Cedar Valley and Leopard Nature Reserves said:
“The poachers want to get rid of tigers so they won’t interfere with their hunting.”
At this nature reserve, they only have a team of 10 for the 150 square kilometres they are trying to protect. However, there is hope that a coordinated international effort will be enough to save the tiger.