The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) released its seventh rehabilitated Amur tiger into the wild. Filippa, the lucky tiger, arrived at the IFAW-supported Primorsky Regional Non-commercial Organization Center for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNCO Tiger Center) in late 2015. She was just a little four-month-old baby then, frightened and confused after she had been rescued from the backyard of a private house in the Khasansky District of Russia. It was suspected that Filippa’s mother had been poached.

During her rehabilitation, the tiger quickly grew strong and healthy and she soon proved to be an incredibly skilled hunter. She learned indispensable skills for wild tigers such as hiding her prey from scavengers and interacting with other tigers. When the time came, Filippa was transported to her release site in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, a location chosen specifically for her based on the IFAW-funded research which effected in a list of suitable locations for the release of rehabilitated tigers. Filippa’s caretakers believe that the tiger will adjust to the new environment well and learn to live completely independently, especially since she is so good at dealing with challenging situations. She will now continue to be monitored thanks to the tracking collar that was fitted on her prior to the release – and, hopefully, is already starting the long wonderful life in the wilderness that all tigers deserve!

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