Siberian Tiger & Amur Leopard tours in Russia

“Track tigers in snow-covered Siberia accompanied by the senior guide of Durminskoye Reserve and armed with specialist camera equipment and a nose for adventure.”

Highlights

Durminskoye Reserve | track Siberian tigers | accompany anti-poaching patrols | Sikhote-Alin mountains | specialist photography equipment | expert big cat zoologist escort | traditional Siberian saunas | potential sightings: raccoon dogs, long-tailed gorals, sables, lynx, wolves, roe deer and sea eagles |

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Cold weather kit will need to be comfortable, with waterproofs, boots and gloves as desirable as binoculars and extra camera memory cards.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Min age 18.
Activity level:
Moderate. Walk up to 4 hours per day in winter conditions.
Accomm:
1 night 3-star hotel, 12 nights log cabins within the nature reserve.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, entrance fees and permits, pro camera equipment and English speaking guides.
Meals:
All meals included.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single room supplements available.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Siberian Tiger & Amur Leopard tours in Russia

Environment

In Russia our main impact on the environment is acting as a deterrent for poaching and illegal logging. The poachers and loggers stay away from the tiger tracking areas as they do not want to get caught, the number of loggers and poachers has also seen a decrease since the rangers and researchers have established the camera trap projects in the area. With the increase in tourism we hope that the local people who would otherwise take to poaching or logging for a quick pay day will start to see the long term financial benefits of having the forest and the big cats alive and thriving. This is the basic model used throughout areas where poaching and deforestation has occurred elsewhere and we have no reason to believe that if this tour takes off the same principals would not apply.

At the end of each we offset our carbon footprint (based on the number of tours we have completed and the number of passengers we have taken with us), with the Carbon Trust.

Wildlife Promise:
In Russia our tour is based at a research station where camera trap studies are on going to try and gauge the population size of the tigers here and of course by staying here you are directly funding the on going study into this incredibly elusive cat.

We also keep a record of all the tigers and other rare wildlife we see on each tour and record the environmental factors. This data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who work out of each of the National Parks, as well as multi-national organisations like Panthera and the World Conservation Society. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of the dwindling population of tigers is under such a threat. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.

Community

In Russia the local community benefits mostly by tourists coming in and using their facilities and generating extra revenue. Just by visiting the area the local people gain an understanding of the international importance of this part of the world and the big cats that occupy it. This is increasing the number of local people pursuing conservation as a career. These national parks receive very few international tourists and everyone visiting with us will be contributing to the local people’s income as we employ local cooks and guides for our stays inside the park. We also actively encourage the purchase of locally produced sustainable products, this helps add a revenue for local communities and also promotes the continued use of traditional techniques to produce products.

We also donate to the Utyos Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, as well as helping to reintroduce wildlife into the park and surrounded wilderness the centre also conducts community projects and initiatives that help to promote sustainable use of the wilderness as well as helping to integrate the local people into the eco-tourism that comes here. As the Russian government is looking to reduce active anti-poaching patrols in far eastern Russia it is very important that eco-tourism increases here and the money used from this tourism will help to fund more patrols and these will be made up of locally trained people. Providing jobs and incomes which are directly dependent on the continued survival of the wildlife and ecosystem here.

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