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Wild Asia: Journey to Save the Tiger
Tigers are an incredibly powerful and majestic creature. This species, specifically the Amur (or Siberian) tiger, is under threat in this rapidly changing world.
Join Blank Park Zoo as we welcome Dr. Jonathan Slaght, Project Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Russia Program, as he addresses the work the organization is doing to protect this animal. Dr. Slaght manages a research project that measures the impact of poachers on the Amur tiger. Poachers seek and kill the tiger for its stunning pelt, bones and other body parts, many of which are used as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicines.
The Russia Program looks at road closures and their impact on the access that poachers have to these animals. In 1920, there were an estimated 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today, their numbers hover in the low thousands, with only about 400 Amur tigers remaining. Dr. Slaght is also working to improve the scientific quality of wide-range surveys, which are used to find estimates of tigers remaining in the wild.
Dr. Jonathan Slaght has been traveling to Russia since 1992—when he was just 15 years old—and to the province Primorye in the Russian Far East since 1995. He has been involved in Amur tiger conservation in Russia since 2002. In addition to his work with tiger conservation, Dr. Slaght is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Blakiston’s fish owl, an endangered species endemic to northeast Asia.
Dr. Jonathan Slaght of the Wildlife Conservation Society
Learn how Dr. Slaght and his organization are using camera monitoring and rehabilitation to protect and save the Amur tiger at Blank Park Zoo Thursday, April 3, 2014 as part of our Wild Asia Conservation Series.
The Wild Asia: Journey to Save the Amur Tiger event will include cocktails and appetizers, time to visit our Discovery Center exhibit and chat with Dr. Slaght.
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