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River Tigers

River Tigers

In a new film, WSC’s Guido Rahr travels deep into the Russian Far East, to the land of taimen.

Siberian taimen, the ancient, long-lived, oversized cousin of salmon, still reign in a dwindling kingdom of cold, undisturbed rivers in the Russian Far East. Roughly half of these watersheds are beyond the reach of even the most intrepid scientists—buffered by roadless expanses of larch, Korean pine, northern hardwoods, and spruce that have survived the illegal logging that feeds a voracious global appetite for wood in recent decades.

Journeying there is like going back in time. 

And now, “River Tigers” a new 14-minute film from Wild Salmon Center and our production partners at MaserFilms and Yonder Content will take you to the crown jewel of Russian stronghold rivers: the Tugur.  

We’re excited that “River Tigers” will be showing at several film festivals, starting with the world premiere at the Banff Mountain Film Festival on November 2, 2020 (film available to watch online through November 8). Get tickets here.

Check out our Facebook events page for the latest showings. Festivals are virtual for the foreseeable future.

The film follows WSC CEO Guido Rahr, longtime Russian partner Mikhail Skopets, and businessman and lodge owner Alexander Abramov on their early sojourns to the river, their attempts to unlock the mysteries of its mighty fish, and their more recent efforts to protect the place among the harsh realities of life in the Wild West of the Russian Far East

“River Tigers” is about the passions and the unlikely friendships that drive conservation in this last frontier. 

It’s a trip to one of the last truly wild places on Earth.

And it’s about the thrill of the hunt. 

Check out “River Tigers,” starting November 2020.

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