Our Wild Mission team are in the Russian Far East, assisting scientist here who are working towards ensuring a brighter future for the endangered Amur tiger – also known in the West as the Siberian tiger – that survives in the most challenging environment of all tiger habitats. My first job is to help Russian scientists in the Ussurisk Zapovednik (protected area) and follow tiger tracks in the snow to better understand their movements and interactions, collect scat and hair samples for DNA analysis and carry out radio telemetry in order to help locate 7 collared tigers, that haven’t been located for some time. As we set out one morning after heavy snows have stopped, to look for fresh tracks, we get a call to say that a 4 month old female cub has just been captured and is being brought to a rehabilitation centre an hour’s drive away from our base. No discussion is necessary. We head straight for the centre.