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Russian Conservationist Optimistic About Tiger Repopulation

Zolushka, once orphaned, is now healthy and recolonizing a tigerless forest. She may prove to be the perfect model for saving Amur tigers. (Camera trap image of Zolushka courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society)
Zolushka, once orphaned, is now healthy and recolonizing a tigerless forest. She may prove to be the perfect model for saving Amur tigers. (Camera trap image of Zolushka courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society)

It’s a Cinderella story, or in Russian, a Zolushka story. A young female tiger name Zolushka has been rehabilitated and released back into the wild, after she was found alone, starving and frostbitten in 2012.

She is in the Far East region of Russia, which is formally tiger territory, and it looks like she may have found her mate.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson gets details from Vicki Croke, of WBUR’s The Wild Life blog.


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