Phoenix Fund

Our mission is to conserve the exceptionally rich fauna and flora of the Russian Far East, the only region where Amur tigers and leopards survive in the wild. These magnificent animals are threatened by habitat deterioration, poaching of the big cats themselves and depletion of their prey populations.
Feb 10, 2015

Amur leopard census completed in Primorye

A one-off winter count of rare wild cats has been completed in Land of the Leopard National Park. From 31 January through 2 February, Land of the Leopard employees covered 67 routes totalling around 700 kilometres in a massive effort to measure the tiger and leopard populations in the southern part of Russia’s Primorsky krai. A similar count will begin in northern Primorye and the Khabarovsk Territory on 7 February.

 “The count in the national park proceeded as scheduled - 100 per cent of the routes, around 700 kilometres, were covered within three days,” Yevgeny Stoma, Deputy Director for Security at Land of the Leopard, told reporters. “There were no emergencies. The staff did their job responsibly and the equipment didn’t let us down either. Both tiger and leopard tracks and quite a few  remains of prey were found. The latter were recorded too.”

 Land of the Leopard inspectors also used the opportunity to check camera traps and install new ones where necessary. Several new cameras were set up in areas where numerous wild cats left tracks in the snow.

 “Tiger and leopard tracks were spotted on the majority of the routes,” Yelena Salmanova, Deputy Director for Science and Environmental Education at Land of the Leopard, said in an interview. “In addition, we managed to collect a good amount of excrement samples of the rare felines for genetic testing. But it would be premature to give any figures, as it will take several months to process the count data. The first results will be available in spring.”

 The previous counts estimated the population of the Amur leopards on Land of the Leopard’s territory at approximately 50 animals.

 

Information by the Far Eastern Lepard Programme 
http://programmes.putin.kremlin.ru/en/amur_leopard/news/25018
Jan 13, 2015

Tiknon's life in rehab

Tikhon watches the deer from his enclosure (c) IT
Tikhon watches the deer from his enclosure (c) IT

Dear supporters, 

This week we wanted to wish you all lots of prosperity in the new year and share a touching insight from the life in rehab from Ekaterina Blidchenko, who works in the rehabilitation center and is the employee of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

"Life in rehab is much easier than the independent life in taiga. Living in enclosures, tigers have lots of free time. And how do they spend it? Well, sleeping most of the time. Tiger Tiknon is no exception.  Waking up, Tikhon watch the world go by: listening to the sounds, capturing a variety of odors. Sometimes Tikhon interrupts contemplation to take care of his luxurious fur. In general, life is serene. But the other day this serenity was violated. A bevy of roe deer approached the enclosure. Little did they know about a danger that awaited them right behind the fence. Having noticed the guests Tikhon began to investigate them in detail. Even through the monitor we felt the inner turmoil of a wild cat, a born predator! But only the tip of his tail showed his excitement - dark tail tip twitched nervously from side to side. The rest of Tikhon’s body remained still; he only pressed his ears a little – a tiger in a hide. Were it not for the cage separating tiger from his prey a feast would have happened, but for now the deer were safe.  And when they whipped out of sight Tikhon’s life resumed its normal course."

Peaceful life (c) Inspection Tiger
Peaceful life (c) Inspection Tiger
Dec 15, 2014

New tiger got to the Rehab Center!

Tikhon (c) Inspection Tiger
Tikhon (c) Inspection Tiger

Dear supporters, 

We would like to inform you about a new tiger that was rescued in the Russian Far East. Now the Phoenix Fund and its partners initiate fundraising campaign to provide proper care and rehabilitation to tiger to make sure it will get back into the wild soon.

On November 16, 2014 a new resident arrived to the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in Alekseevka village. Emaciated tiger was captured at Vyazemsky district of Khabarovsky krai by the joint team of Inspection Tiger, Khabarovsky Hunting Management Department and Wildlife Conservation Society. The tiger named Tikhon was saved from a hungry death, and currently it requires special care, intensive feeding and permanent veterinary support.

The rehabilitation of the tiger will take several months, and after it is planned to release the animal back to its natural environment.

Thanks to your previous support for the Rehabilitation Center, in 2013, a famous tigress Cinderella (Zolushka) was successfully released into the wild after spending a year in the center. In spring-summer 2014, another five tigers were set free after rehabilitation in Alekseevka. A team of specialist watch closely every move of the released tigers both in Russia and in China through satellite data from the collars and camera-traps.

Now another tiger needs your help to roam free in its natural environment. Make him a Christmas present! 

Only $20 will provide vitamins for Tikhon per day, 
$35 will pay veterinary bill in 1 day, 
$60 will purchase fresh vegetables for tiger for a whole week, 
$500 will buy live deer or wild boar so that Tikhon can practice its hunting skills, 
$1,000 will covers transportation of a tiger from the center to release site and
$2,000 will provide medical equipment unit for the Rehabilitation Center.

Happy holidays, friends!

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