Scientists Have Found Evidence That Tigers May Roam Central Asia Again

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The Amur Tiger will be reintroduced to Kazakhstan and later be moved to parts of Central Asia, according to mnn.com.

The Caspian Tiger, one of the largest cats to ever live, roamed in the wilds of the Middle East and Central Asia experienced threats of habitat loss and hunting which eventually drifted them into extinction during the 1970s, according to mnn.com. The Amur tiger is also known as the Siberian tiger. It is estimated that there are around 500 Amur tigers in the world, which averages up to 11 feet with a tail up to one meter long.

They live primarily in eastern Russia’s birch forests, even though some exist in China and South Korea. An adult male can weigh up to 700 pounds, while females significantly smaller and weigh up to 400 pounds, according to animalfactguide.com.

“First, it is necessary to stop riparian zone degradation caused by uncontrolled fires. Second, it is vital to restoring wild ungulate, a hoofed mammal, populations in the area. That, alone, could take five to 15 years,” Mikhail Paltsyn, an ESF doctoral candidate who oversaw analytical aspects of the study, according to sciencedaily.com.

The tigers could potentially flourish in a zone near the Lli River and the coast of the Balkhash Lake in Kazakhstan. A number of hurdles include water regulation by both Kazakhstan and China, a restoration of the tiger’s prey and safety concerns from local populations need to be addressed before the experiment can begin, according to nypost.com.

Even though reintroduction of the tigers is years away, it still has support by the Balkhash Nature Reserve and local communities in Kazakhstan, stated the nypost.com.