East of Siberia

East of Siberia triptych

Wildlife & Wild Places of the Russian Far East

June 18 – September 18, 2016

Jonathan Slaght is a conservation biologist with twenty years experience working and living in Primorye, Russia, a province famous for its wildlife. A place where Amur tigers and leopards share forested mountains with brown bears and lynx, the rivers churn with salmon, and the largest owl in the world haunts the floodplains.

In East of Siberia, Jonathan shares images of this remote corner of the world, including scenes of village life, the landscape, and wildlife, including a special focus on his work researching and conserving Blakiston's fish owls. Primorye’s unique natural communities, along with the long list of threatened and endangered species, including many of global significance, make this region of crucial importance to global biodiversity conservation.

Explore the incredible landscape of Primorye and the fascinating wildlife and people that inhabit it.

About the artist

Jonathan Slaght

Jonathan Slaght (PhD, UMN 2011; MS UMN 2005) is the Russia and Northeast Asia Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He is involved in research of Blakiston's fish owls and Amur tigers, and works to unify WCS conservation objectives in the Russian Far East, northeast China, and Arctic Beringia. Slaght writes a guest blog for Scientific American titled "East of Siberia," has authored more than twenty scientific and popular publications, and has translated dozens of texts from Russian. His writings and research have been featured on NPR, BBC, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Audubon Magazine, and others.

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