Wild tigers, the biggest of all the cats, once roamed vast stretches of Asia, from the Caucasus to South and East Asia. But the tiger population has plummeted by 97 percent over the last 100 years.
Today, only 3,700 to 4,200 wild tigers survive in small pockets of scattered habitat.
Join Dr Masha Vorontsova of IFAW to find out about dangers that Amur tigers face in the wild and how Amur tiger rehabilitation project has helped. You will hear stories and see pictures of tigers and their cubs and learn about how they live in the Wild.
The talk is organised in collaboration with IFAW - the Internation Fund for Animal Welfare. IFAW’s mission is to rescue and protect animals around the world.
Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it's dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters. They advocate saving populations from cruelty and depletion.
All money raised will support IFAW's work rescuing, caring for and rehabilitating animals.
Dr. Maria (Masha) Vorontsova is a Regional Director of the Internation Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Masha established IFAW’s office in the Russian Federation in 1994, then initiated a campaign which led to a ban on the winter den hunt of hibernating bears. She helped expand the Orphan Bear Cub Rehabilitation Center, which has rescued, rehabilitated and released more than 170 orphan bear cubs back to wild.
Masha has also led campaigns resulting in the ban on the White Sea white coat harp seal hunt and the Sea of Okhotsk beluga hunt, as well as contributing to an increase in penalties for poaching of tigers and several other Red Book of Russia species.
As part of IFAW’s efforts to save the critically endangered western gray whale, Masha’s team helped ensure that off shore oil and gas pipelines were constructed around, rather than through, crucial feeding grounds near Sakhalin Island. They continue to work to prevent the construction of a third oil platform.
Ticket includes a glass of wine.