Russia Creates Three National Parks in Amur Tiger Territory
In 2007, with direct support from WWF, the Russian government established three new national parks to protect forests and habitat for the endangered Amur (Siberian) tiger. The parks cover almost a million and a half acres of forest in Russia's Far East. Unlike existing protected areas in the region--called zapovedniks--that restrict access to scientific purposes only, the new parks are the first protected areas in the region to bear the "national park" designation, meaning they exist for both conservation and tourism. With tourism permitted, the parks have the potential of generating their own long-term financial sustainability.