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Instead of stalking the woods for prey, Liang Fengen now roams the hills without a rifle, working as a ranger to save the area's endangered Siberian tiger population and protect other wildlife.Liang's conversion is the result of efforts by nonprofits like the World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society, which are harnessing the knowledge of local poachers to rescue Siberian (also known as Amur) tigers from extinction.About 540 are estimated to exist in the wild in a huge area straddling Russia, China and possibly North Korea, having made a comeback from the brink of extinction in the 1940s, when only around 40 Amurs were left, according to WWF.Their biggest threat is humans – those who poach the tigers to sell their parts on the black market and those who illegally hunt their prey.While Chinese rangers and conservationists work to increase the Siberian tigers' population in the wild, the country also hosts about 200 captive tiger breeding centers, but many have been embroiled in controversy.With more than 500 tigers, its sister park in Harbin holds the largest amount of captive Siberian tigers in the world.
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