International cooperation to protect big cats
Russia and China have agreed on joint conservation of the Amur tiger and Far East leopard along their border. The agreement, signed in June, includes joint monitoring of tigers, leopards and their prey species, building on a network of protected areas in the neighbouring provinces of Primorsky in Russia and Heilongjang in China. Tigers have already been seen crossing the border.
WWF is pressing for recognition of a transboundary conservation corridor linking Nepal’s Bardia National Park with a wildlife sanctuary in India, to enable large mammals such as elephant, rhino and tiger to move north and south between the protected areas. The proposed Karnali corridor is threatened by planned dams and roads.