"The Siberian or Amur tiger is one of the world’s most endangered species. The Chinese have a poor reputation regarding their respect for endangered animals, and the country has been the biggest market for rhino horn and ivory. This situation is marginally improved by the recent ivory ban. Due to poaching and habitat loss in China and Eastern Russia, the number of tigers left in the wild is consistently dropping, making conservation areas in China of pivotal importance by assuring that these animals can breed and survive.
I experienced the magnificence of these animals in their natural habitat, but the location remains a formidable challenge from a photography perspective. Whilst their presence is guaranteed, immersive images are handicapped by their fierce, dangerous nature and the topography rarely allowing for the camera to be below eye- level. There is also the cold to deal with, and language barriers with locals. All in all, I was more than happy to come away with this image".
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