Amur-Heilong River Basin
A river runs through it
These old-growth forests are home to tigers, leopards, brown bears, musk deer and many other species. Rich plant species include wild ginseng, long treasured for its medicinal uses.
Land of the leopard, traces of tiger
The Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), also known as the Siberian tiger, is another cat species under threat. Although their numbers have increased from about 40 to 500 – thanks to vigorous conservation efforts – poaching and increased logging continue to affect their chances of survival.
WWF is working with partners in Russia, China and Mongolia to achieve lasting conservation throughout the region. This includes programmes to reduce poaching, curb unsustainable and illegal logging, and protect key species through the creation of protected areas.
Major successes include:
- Partnering with the government of Mongolia to establish the Onon-Balj National Park at the headwaters of the Amur- Heilong
- Working with hunting communities to protect deer and other ungulate – the main prey for endangered Amur tigers and leopards
- Assisting in achieving sustainable certification for millions of hectares of forests in the Russian Far East
- Re-routing the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline so vital leopard habitat would not be disturbed
Reversing the trend toward extinction is difficult but not impossible. We helped bring the tiger back from the brink and now it's the leopard's turn.
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