The tiger "from Vladivostok" was transferred from the quarantine enclosure to the spacious rehabilitation one, where it will stay up to the moment of release. Wild boars were released into the new enclosure for the tiger in advance, as predator’s diet consists entirely of live feeds. While the wild boars lived without a tiger, they had created a system of paths and “beds”, as well as numerous "digs" in search of food. All of these "traces" of life always attract predators, being a "signal" of the presence of ungulates, the main prey item for tigers.
A simplified model of interspecific interactions can also be observed in the enclosure.
As is known, wild pigs prefer building "beds" for rest, furnished with many branches, grass, etc. A place like this becomes comfortable, usually sheltered from winds.
The wild boars in the enclosure exhibited the same behavior. But once the tiger got there, it "learned" all places of boars’ "stay". The predator immediately found the boars’ "bed" and occupied it for rest. Now the tiger "from Vladivostok" spends the rest-time just in the "nest" made by the wild boars and constantly returns to this bed.
The staff of the Rehabilitation Center (PRNCO “Tiger Center”) would like to express their acknowledgements for the joint work and cooperation to the “Land of the Leopard” National Park, the autonomous non-commercial organization (ANO) “Amur Leopard”, ANO “Amur Tiger Center”, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the “Phoenix” Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance — ALTA, OAO AK “Transneft”, the chief veterinarian of the Moscow Zoo Alshinetsky Mikhail Valerievich, and the veterinarians of the “Nika” animal hospital.