Meant to post this on world tiger day.. Few 'happy ending' tiger stories exist and Zolushka, the orphaned Amur tiger's story is perhaps the most famous, so thought I'd share it here.
The IFAW members have done remarkable work in saving her life, nursing her back to health and then releasing her into the wild.
Here is a summary of her story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA90FGaIXJ8
Update of Zolushka from earlier this year: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/ani...d-meets-prince
Amur tigers are critically endangered. The IFAW has rescued and released some tigers that are deemed capable of surviving in the wild, tracking them and doing everything in their power to ensure their survival.
Due to habitat loss, many tigers are forced to survive in confined places, often leaving them no other choice than eating farm animals. This often is a death sentence, because affected villagers will poison or shoot them in retaliation.
Sumatran tigers are endangered as well and organizations like WWF and the lesser known Sumatran Tiger Trust do their part in supporting the little tiger population left (eg by anti poaching forest patrols and installing camera traps to track down poachers)
Here is a link from the WWF about their work with Sumatran tigers: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/sumatran-tiger