Amur (Siberian) Tigers are among the most critically endangered animals in the world, it is thought only about 400-500 remain in the wild, 90% of which inhabit the Southeast corner of Russia – the territory of the Sikhote-Alin mountain range. Exactly where UTYOS was built.
- poaching for skins and body parts used in traditional Asian medicine
- habitat loss due to forest fires, lodging and timber trade
- decline in natural prey number due to forest fires and human hunting
- tiger-human conflict
Wildlife Rehabilitation is the process of treating and caring for a sick, injured, orphaned or distressed wild animal and their preparation for a successful release back to the wild, where they can conduct their natural life.
The ultimate goal of Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre UTYOS is to contribute to safeguarding of the biodiversity and conservation of endangered species. Every rescued animal undergoes a careful examination by the skilled and qualified staff to tailor-make the type of treatment and conditions needed to this very animal and assess their chances of recovery and subsequent survival in the wild, on their own. Download the Amur Tiger Conservation Project Presentation.
Over the years UTYOS has rescued and rehabilitated 18 Amur tigers and over 300 other animals such as boars, roe deer, Himalayan and Brown bear cubs and adult bears.
With the right support, the Centre would be able to rehabilitate 4-5 tigers per year, which is an extrememly high value, given their overal number remaining in the wild.