Siberian Tiger Camera Trap Footage

Will Bolsover

05 May 2015

read about will's experience in siberian russia

It’s a month now since I returned from the frozen landscape of Russia’s far east where I was working alongside Alexander Balatov and his team of conservationists. Using camera traps we were tracking the world’s largest big cat, the elusive Siberian tiger. 

The trip had already been a success, I'd managed to retrieve camera trap footage from a number of sites in the remote Siberian wilderness, battling against exceptional deep snow. 

The footage had captured a couple of Siberian tigers passing quickly through giving me my first glimpse of these magnificent big cats.

The excitement of the experience is hard to put into words. Just being there, in the last remaining habitat of these endangered tigers, walking in their footsteps, smelling their strong scent markings, placing my fingers into the deep scratch markings they had left behind and seeing their bright orange fur left on the trees and rocks they had rubbed up against.

Returning to the UK my thoughts often strayed back to the camera traps I had set up, traversing through the thick snow on my deerskin skis, finding the best locations and carefully setting the motion triggered traps. Finally, the email I had been waiting for arrived. The footage had been retrieved from the cameras I set up.

Downloading and then viewing the footage I shuddered. The first few frames had caught me, as I set up the camera, checking the settings and motion capture were enabled.

Then, appearing in my footsteps ... a Siberian tiger.

I felt that the trip had come full circle. From me tracking the tigers, retrieving the footage set up by others, to others retrieving my footage and the tigers seemingly tracking me.

Read the account of my trip in my blog post, In Search of the Elusive Siberian Tiger ... or if you want to head to this remote region yourself, get in touch to find out about our new Siberian Tiger Safari.

Comments

Daisy

11/5/2015 10:00 AM

Amazing pictures

James

11/5/2015 9:30 AM

I'd love to take a trip like this!

Rachel

11/5/2015 9:30 AM

How exciting!

Grace

7/5/2015 4:30 PM

Magnificent animals!

Kate

7/5/2015 4:30 PM

It's great to see the footage that came back from your camera traps!

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