“Comeback” of the Siberian Tiger

Feline fans unite. The newest NPR/Nat Geo
radio expeditions feature is up and is about
the return of the Siberian Tiger. NPR’s Alex Chadwick talks with Dale Miquelle, who directs the
Wildlife Conservation Society‘s Russia program. A pretty fascinating interview.

The good news is that recent results show that these tiger populations are holding relatively stable. Scientists
thought that the tigers would be nearly wiped out by now, but they are showing some resilience. While the numbers are
still dreadfully low (some 500 or so animals are said to exist in the wild), the stability of the population has
surprised the WSC. They say the uptick is the result of an improving Russian economy and fewer poachers. Give a
listen, these features are always
pretty good.