COMPILED BY NIMI KURIAN

Russia will host a tiger preservation summit in Vladivostok in 2010, according to the Russian branch of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Scientists decided to use the Oriental calendar and the coming Year of the Tiger to promote public awareness of the situation with Amur tigers, says Igor Chestin, Director of the Russian branch of WWF said. Chestin said that the Russian government, WWF and World Bank initiated the Tiger summit, in which the heads of 13 states are expected to participate. Only 3200 wildlife tigers remain today, according to Vyacheslav Rozhnov, deputy director of the Ecology and Wildlife Evolution Institute. WWF estimates Russia's Khabarovsk and Primorye regions have 500 Amur tigers at present.