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.
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!

Nov 25, 2014

Leopardess Sophie and her cubs

For all our supporters who follow the fate of leopardess Sophie and her cubs that dwell in the vicinity of Olenevod deer farm we have some good news!

The photographs received from camera-traps in the middle of November prove that mother and her cubs are doing well. Take a look!

It is to be recalled that for more than two years the female Amur leopard Sophie lives in close proximity to one of the deer farms located in the Khasansky district of Primorye. Such neighborship is unfavorable to the owner because the animal uses his territory as the hunting site. Therefore, the farmer suffers constant damage from leopard’s presence.
To solve the conflict between the man and the animal the Phoenix Fund together with the Institute of environmental problems and evolution of A.N. Severtsov of the Russian Academy of Sciences developed a special program which helps to maintain tolerant relation of the farmers towards rare predators. The main difference of this program from paying compensation to the owner of cattle for the damage caused by a predator is that every month the farmer receives a fixed sum of money for the fact of leopard’s presence in close proximity to his territory.

Nov 5, 2014

Tiger named Kuzya crosses into China

The Amur tiger Kuzya, who was released into the wild in May and has moved around the Amur Region and Jewish Autonomous Region, has crossed into China, the Severtsov Institute of Environment and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences has reported.

After wandering in the two regions, the tiger approached the Amur River, walked along it for several days and then swam towards China. The tiger’s movement is monitored by experts of the Severtsov Institute via its GPS collar. They also notified the regional authorities in Russia and China about the tiger’s location.

The Chinese news agency Xinhua has announced, citing Chen Zhigang, the director of the nature reserve, that the local authorities hope Kuzya would be safe in China.

Chen Zhigang said the tiger entered the Taipinggou Nature Reserve in Heilonjiang in northeastern China. The police have notified the local farmers about the tiger. Sixty infrared camera traps installed in the Taipinggou reserve will record the tiger’s movements. The tiger should have enough to eat because various animal species live in the reserve on an area of 20,000 hectares, Chen Zhigang said, adding that, if necessary, they could release cattle into the reserve.

According to experts, tigers often cross the Russian-Chinese border. The staff of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Permanent Expedition to study animals listed in the Red Data Book of Russia and other important species of Russian fauna previously recorded tigers and brown bears with GPS collars crossing into China southwest of the Primorye Territory.

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