01 May '11, 9pm

After a 40 year absence, tigers may roam Central Asia again:

KAZAKHSTAN - The World Wildlife Fund announced on Thursday that it had secured the agreement of Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic the size of Western Europe, to reintroduce Amur Tigers from the Russian Far East. A recent study demonstrated that Amur tigers are genetically very close to the extinct Caspian Tiger, and the Ily River delta, just south of Kazakhstan's Balkhash Lake, has been selected as an ideal habitat for reintroduction. The Caspian Tiger once populated a swathe of Eurasia stretching from eastern Turkey to north-west China, but died out forty years ago due to habitat destruction and hunting. No tiger has been recorded in the Ily River Delta since 1948. "This will be the first time that the tiger has returned to an area where it's become completely extinct," said Olga Pereladova, the head of WWF in Kazakhstan. "The tiger is a flagship species on top of the ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/Worldinbrief/EDC110430-0...

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