Home of the Siberian Tiger
Russia's Primorye Region
Primorsky’s rich forest lands and Sikhote-Alin mountains shelter most of the last Siberian tigers on the planet, as well as the critically endangered Amur leopard. The area's dense forests are also home to indigenous Udege peoples, many of whom hunt and fish for subsistence. Vladivostok, a major port supporting Russia's largest fishing industry, is located here, close to Primorsky’s border with China and Korea. Raw timber exports make logging a main threat to the region's pristine watersheds. In addition, current plans to build the 2,656 mile long Siberia-Pacific pipeline across Primorsky would fragment known tiger habitat and open up wilderness to poaching and pollution.
by Gleb Raygorodetsky, Wildlife Conservation Magazine