China feeds wild animals to ease food scarcity for Siberian tigers

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-26 10:40:08|Editor: huaxia

HARBIN, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Staff in the National Park of Siberian Tigers and Amur Leopards in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province are spreading forage feed in the snow-covered mountain range to provide food for wild boar and roe deer, which are the prey of the endangered wild cats.

Rounds of snowfall in March have blocked many parts of the mountain, making it difficult for wild animals to find food. Some wild boar and roe deer cubs have died of hunger and cold, said Zhang Lianfeng with the park administration.

He said the staff spread corn and soybean meal while patrolling the mountain.

Built in 2017, the national park covers 1.46 million hectares of land in Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, bordering Russia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The national park management has helped improve the biodiversity in the area, which is crucial for the survival and reproduction of wild Siberian tigers and leopards at the top of the food chain in the area.