“After a couple of hours we enter the boundary of the forest for the first time. There is snow on the ground but it doesn’t look too deep. Some way into the drive, Alexander stops the vehicle just over a bridge. Tiger tracks are all around; these are very fresh, as in minutes old. We are allowed out of the jeep but told to be careful as the tiger is likely to be close. It is now pitch black but the excitement level goes up. Alexander is convinced these are the tracks of a female he knows and she is watching us close by. We will find out how close she was tomorrow…”
This was just one of the many thrilling moments that NWS client Amanda experienced during her time in Siberia in 2017. Now you too can set foot in the habitat of the world’s largest big cat, the Siberian tiger, contributing to the conservation of this endangered species as you do so. Our unique expedition will be led by conservationist and Siberian tiger expert Alexander Batalov, who has decades of experience working in the remote tracts of land in Russia’s Far East that the tigers call home. Setting and collecting camera traps is a vital method of monitoring the precious few Siberian tigers left in the wild, offering you a chance to participate in truly frontline conservation. And perhaps, if luck is with you, the palette of the Russian taiga – so often snow white and pine green – may be joined by a splash of orange…
For a detailed overview of this trip, read Amanda’s informative blog on her Siberian adventure.
What makes this trip extraordinary
- Assist Alexander and his team with monitoring Siberian tigers.
- Set and collect camera traps in the wilds of the Durminskoye Reserve.
- Observe camera trap footage that captures species like the Siberian tiger, Asiatic black bear, sable, wild boar and more in their natural habitat.
- Explore Durminskoye via ski, skidoo and 4x4, and on foot.
- Dine on traditional Russian fare in a huntsman’s cottage.