China and Russia join forces to protect the Siberian tiger.

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Jilin Province in Northeast China and Russia’s Primorsky Krai Province have signed an agreement to establish the first cross-boundary Siberian tiger protection zone.

The agreement, which was signed on the 28th August 2010 during the second annual Siberian Tiger Cultural Festival, will enable wildlife protection authorities to establish a protection zone in both Jilin and Primorsky Provinces through joint ecological surveys and adopting identical monitoring systems.

Both provinces will also be launching an anti-poaching campaign. Yu Changchun, director of the conservation division of the Jilin provincial forestry department, says that this will provide a wider, healthier habitat for the tigers, the China Daily newspaper reported. The agreement should benefit both the Siberian Tigers and the other species that live in the area, including the musk deer and the far-east leopard.

Siberian tigers live in north-east China and far-eastern regions of Russia and are listed as one of the 10 most endangered species in the world. They are reported as being at risk from poaching, deforestation, destruction of their natural habitat and a lack of prey.

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