Russia 2007: Czars and Stripes

At one point, as many as 8,000 Siberian tigers may have roamed the far east of Russia. Today there are fewer than 500, largely because of habitat loss and poaching (parts of the animals are coveted for use in Chinese medicine). Since 1992 I've worked on a joint venture with U.S. and Russian researchers that aims to save the species. Sometimes our task is as simple as rescuing an animal trapped in a poacher's snare. That's what happened with Victor, below. He was given a radio collar—about 50 tigers have been tagged so far—and released into the wild, a bit rattled but free. —Dale Miquelle is director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Russia program.