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Land of Bounty

March 30, 2015

Land of Bounty

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Jonathan C. Slaght Jonathan C. Slaght

At 3,500 feet, Camel Mountain looms omnipresent over Lake Blagodatnoe, one of the showcase treasures protected by the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve in Russia.

The lake, whose name means “of plenty” or “of abundance” in Russian, is an important stopover site for clouds of migrating waterbirds. Its shores are buttressed by undulating forests of Mongolian oak and Korean pine, sources of nut crops that attract hordes of red deer, sika deer, and wild boar. These ungulates are unsuspecting of the Amur tigers that use the cover of slope and trunk to slink in for a fatal pounce.

Indeed, this remote corner of Russia represents some of the most productive Amur tiger habitat in the world, and is a key source site for species recovery.

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