The Amur tiger in Russia

Amur tiger,  Russian Far East.

Amur Tiger cub in the Russian far east.

Amur Tiger cub in the Russian far east.

This is a joint project between WildTrack, JMP software from the SAS Institute, the Pimm group at Duke University,  the Northeast Forestry University in Harbin, China, and the Chinese Government’s new Feline Research Institute.  The aim is to develop an algorithm from footprints of the Amur tiger to be able to identify footprints by individual, age and sex.  Last winter we developed the algorithms to identify by individual and sex, and we’re currently working on age-class.  Initial data from free-ranging animals show that more than expected may be recolonising China from the Russian far-east, an encouraging sign.  This coming winter (2013/4) we will collect more prints and expand the project into larger areas.