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.
Apr 14, 2014

A year of achievements

The Phoenix Fund has been supporting the Zov Tigra National Park since its establishment in 2008. And thanks to financial support from the GlobalGiving community in 2013 we continued providing the park’s anti-poaching teams with fuel and spare and repair parts for patrol vehicles and inspectors could carry out regular anti-poaching and habitat protection patrols.

From January 1st through December 31st, 2013 the mobile teams of Zov Tigra National Park showed the following results: 163 patrols conducted by the North team and 130 by the South team, 1 902 km covered on foot and 4 615 km by vehicles. In total they spent 3 955 hours protecting the Park from poachers.

In 2013 the weather conditions were unpredictable. Unlike usual there was rather dry June. But from the middle of July and through August it was raining heavily that caused a flood on all waterways. As a result the territory of park was almost inaccessible for more than a month. All the newly restored bridges were washed away.

After several years the tourists finally learned the camping rules at the national park. Only few violations of visiting regulations were registered this year. For example, in May a senior lady was stopped in the Park and was issued a written warning for illegal entering the protected area. In June, a group of tourists was fined for setting up a campfire out of the fire pit area.

The number of tourists in 2013 was record since the establishment of the Zov Tigra although the road conditions remained very difficult. The positive thing, however, is that a large number of visitors obviously discouraged poachers.

The main problem with efficient protection of the Zov Tigra National Park remains the inaccessibility of some parts of the PA. The forest roads become worse and worse. It is hard to drive there even on the four-wheel drive vehicles. That is why the teams cannot control some areas regularly. Although in July and August, the inspectors carried out two long-range multi-day patrols (each lasted 22 days) on the northern part of the protected area, covered 169 km on foot along the Ussuri River, 705 km by Yamaha Grisly 700 quad bike and issued five administrative citations on illegal presence. 

Analyzing the data on administrative citations issued by the inspectors of Zov Tigra National Park between 2009 and 2013, we can say that since 2011 a number of administrative citations has been declining progressively which indicates that there is a decrease in violations in Zov Tigra because people have become aware of a high possibility of being caught and punished for their illegal activities. This also supported by the fact that no cases of poaching were revealed in 2013. 

We thank everyone who contributed to our project at GlobalGiving and will continue to collect funds in 2014 for a new ATV that is extremely needed for the park rangers to conduct anti-poaching patrols in the remote parts of the protected areas.

 

Mar 13, 2014

Cinderella Gets Back to Bastak

For everyone who follows the fate of the rehabilitated tigress Cinderella: the good news came from Bastak Nature Reserve. The camera traps installed in the protected area took photos of Cinderella and a male Amur tiger!

According to reserve’s ranger who does the tracking of the tigress with the specialist from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Cinderella recently passed through the centre of the reserve. According to the tracks she was followed by the brown bear and the male tiger.

Unfortunately, due to insufficient financing the scientists cannot keep a wary eye on Cinderella’s movements. To get complete information about the tigress and her behavior after the rehabilitation and her release back into the wild at least ten more pairs of camera traps have to be installed in Bastak. We ask everyone who follows the destiny of the orphaned tigress to help us purchase these cameras by making a donation to Phoenix Fund. 

“Cinderella will regularly go out of the reserve, but will definitely come back here, – says the employee of the Program of studying of the Amur tigers in the Russian Far East of the Institute of environmental problems and evolution of A.N.Severtsov Victor Lukarevsky. – This is the third or fourth time that we register her in the protected territory. It is sad that with just two cameras we don’t have a chance to gather more data on the tigress and the environment surrounding her.”

We once again want to thank everyone who contributed to Cinderella’s rehabilitation, and we will try to keep you posted!

Feb 24, 2014

Wild fires pose serious threat to leopard habitat

The Land of the Leopard is on fire! Our ranger informed us that the fire-hazardous season started very early this year caused by open winter with no snow. Usually the wildland fires in Khasan district begin in March or even April. However, in 2014 we have to start fire-fighting in February. The Phoenix Fund began to gather volunteer brigades that will help the national park to fight fires in the Amur leopard habitat. We ask everyone to support our important work with your donations. Now the collected funds will go to purchase of necessary fire-fighting equipment and fuel for the brigades' vehicles.  

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