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  1. The results of the snow leopard survey led in the Altai mountains of Russia were released in late May, and showed that the population is stable with an estimated 43-47 animals in the area surveyed. However, one finding was very worrying: there are very few siberian mountain goats in Buryatia, which is far less than necessary to support any stable population of wild cats. The WWF will now survey other areas in a 2017 adicional survey, that was not covered in the last survey. It is expected to identify 25 more cats, to reach a population of 20 snow leopards for Russia. Another important survey should be held to better estimate the siberian mountain goats, which is the main prey for snow leopard in the Altai mountains of Russia.
  2. ~ This article with photographs, published in the U.K. Daily Mail, portrays the lives of illegal “mammoth ivory pirates”, who labor in Siberia's Yakutia Region in harsh conditions. The generators they use to thaw the permafrost have an unfavorable impact on the environment. The high demand for ivory motivates them to do everything possible to discover and remove the long-buried mammoth ivory.
  3. A Siberian Times article with several photographs showing and explaining about the unexpected playfulness of a female Amur Leopard. The video footage was made in Russia's Land of the Leopard National Park.
  4. The WWF has just released the results of the Amur Tiger 2015 census in the Russian Far East. Covering an area of 150.000 km2, the census showed a 10% increase since 2005, with an estimated 480-540 tigers in Russia, from 423-502 individuals. Even if a low increase compared to Nepal, this is great news for Russia. In the 1940's, there were only 40 Amur tigers left in the world. Russia then started to protect its last tigers. This is why these results are truly remarkable as it is a huge conservation success built little by little in the long term. Once widespread in Russian Far East, Northern Korea and North Eastern China, Tigers are today confined to Russia, while a small recovering population of 27 tigers are present in the Jilin province of China. Tigers need territories up to 1000 km2 as the prey densities are nowadays low in Russia. Tigers mainly feed on sika deers and wild boars, but these last ones have depleted in the past. In fact, wild boars mainly feed on Korean pine nuts but logging of this tree has been quite intensive in the last century. China committed to realize a census next year. Bhutan and Bangladesh results are expected for the end of the year.
  5. Even if the Amur Leopard sub-specie is still critically endangered, we are on the good way to save this wonderful animal. The Land of Leopard National Park was created in 2012 with a 1,2 M USD anual budget. Camera trap análisis have shown there are more than 65 leopards, an 120% increase since 2007.
  6. According to a well known petition site: Two wild orcas have been captured by Russian hunters, and are on their way to be displayed in a dolphinarium at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The mammals, which can grow up to 22ft long and swim 100 miles a day, are set to be kept in a small concrete tank after a 4,614-mile flight from the far east of Russia. Tell White Sphere not to display the wild orcas, and release them back into the ocean where they belong.

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