• vdinets

    Read carefully: they offer tiger tracking, which means being taken to the forest and shown tiger tracks on some logging road. Tiger tracks are very easy to see in Ussuriland, tigers are not. Moreover, following their tracks is a near-certain way to never see them: tigers hate being followed.

    I’ve seen Siberian tigers twice, but only because I accidentally found a place where a tiger would walk a particular stretch of a road about once every three nights. I saw a young female there in August 1987 and a huge male in March 1997, but I don’t know if the place is any good nowadays – it is very close to a large village, and looks a bit different now (looking at it in Google Earth). I can send the coordinates to anyone willing to try it.

    • vdinets

      Also, note that I spent a total of seven months in Ussuriland. Seeing a tiger on a short trip is pretty much as likely as winning a lottery, unless you can somehow get access to radiotracking data and a helicopter, or do something equally unconventional. Unlike with Siberian leopards, there are no established baiting stations AFAIK.

  • PandaSmith56@

    Som, Cokie and I visited this lodge and found very fresh tracks of the Amur leopard (from that morning) and we also had very close encounters with a tiger – heard him but never actually saw him. Felt the warm ground and rebounding grass of his very recent (less than a few minutes) lie-down…it was an amazing day. I am glad you posted this as I had not written down the name of the lodge and I had forgotten its name!

  • Martin Royle

    The tigers in this reserve are seen around 5-6 times a year but camera trap footage is almost daily. I travel there twice a year with Royle Safaris with groups and it is a wonderful place to visit and contribute to tiger conservation out there.
    The last sighting was March 2016, but sightings in summer are very rare.
    I have a picture of this sighting and also dozens of camera trap pics and videos.
    But Vladimir is correct seeing one is very tough and realistic expectations have to be set.
    On another note we have had tracks and camera trap evidence of the Amur leopard cat in the reserve which was a first record for the Khabarovsk Krai (to our knowledge).

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