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Russia plans overall tiger census

December 10, 2014, 18:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The two-week census scheduled to start on January 26 will involve some 2,000 environmentalists who will measure and identify tiger tracks
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MOSCOW, December 10. /TASS/. An overall census of Siberian tigers will be conducted in Russia in early 2015 to outline tiger conservation measures, the Ministry of Natural Resources said on Wednesday.

The two-week census scheduled to start on January 26 will involve some 2,000 environmentalists who will measure and identify tiger tracks, the ministry said.

The previous census held ten years ago showed that some 450 endangered Siberian tigers were living in Russia's Far East, mainly in the Primorye and Khabarovsk territories.

The Siberian tiger, also known as Amur tiger, is on the Red List of Threatened Species. In 2010, Russia launched a national strategy to protect the Siberian tiger, the largest of the five tiger species.

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