An informational film about unique strategies for the preservation of the Siberian tiger (also called Amur tiger) with Dr. Ulysses (Ulie) S. Seal and an unidentified reporter who narrates throughout. Inbreeding is of specific concern for the biggest cat species on Earth and efforts to ensure their survival through genetic diversity will result in a healthier population for these animals. Dr. Seal has coordinated a program where the United States and Russia will trade animals (despite being political enemies during the Cold War), including rare and endangered species. Russia will get a California sea lion in exchange for the 3 two-year-old sibling Siberian tigers, sisters Elisa & Astra (headed to zoos in Omaha and Minneapolis) plus their brother Tulip (headed for the Bronx Zoo). Footage of the Moscow Zoo includes animals previously traded and thriving in their new habitat. Dr. Seal prepares the tigers for transport, beginning with their sedation using a blowgun and tranquilizer darts. The narrator mentions that the time and length of this trip will be very stressful for the tigers. Dr. Seal and the three Siberian tigers will fly commercially from Moscow to Montreal on a 10-hour flight, followed by a 400 mile drive to Bronx, New York in a private van – this trip will be 22-hours door-to-door, from Moscow to the Bronx Zoo. Dr. Seal supervises every detail of the transfer, keeping his blowgun and tranquilizer darts handy "just in case." This international air lift program will result in generations of healthy new animals.