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.
Jun 12, 2012

The team works "behind the fence" now!

In May for the first time the Boarder team of Leopardovy Wildlife Refuge actually worked behind engineering structures of the Russian-Chinese boarder. The area is a habitat of the Amur leopards and its protection from Chinese poachers is a highest priority for the law-enforcement team.

Although there were difficulties that arose from the need to obtain a permission to enter the territory the Boarder team finally got it and patrolled the area for eight days in the reported month. Such a short time, however, allowed the inspectors to scope out the present situation “behind the fence”.

During the joint patrols with frontier guards the team revealed five camps (bivouacs) of Chinese ginseng roots collectors, four hidden spired metallic whips (presumable for sticking the animals) and found a fernbrakes procurement. Twice the team tried to detain pickers but because of piecemeal actions of frontiers the violators managed to escape to Chinese boarder. The team will now work to coordinate their actions with the frontier guards to avoid such situations.

Also in May the team exchanged experience in law-enforcement with the staff of Kronodsky nature reserve that came to the Land of the Leopard from Kamchatka.

All in all, in the reported period the Boarder team conducted 32 patrols, covered 843 km on the vehicle, 114 km on foot and 73 km on ATV, ambuscaded for eight and the half hours.

We would like thank all of our GlobalGiving supporters who make the leopard protection possible!

Jun 6, 2012

Tigers in the park

During one of the field trips to Lazovsky district the members of the Phoenix Fund and a tiger specialist spent a few days in the Zov Tigra national park in the Milogradova river area. The visit was timed to a meeting with managers and law-enforcement teams of the protected area to present them a report on anti-poaching activities developed on team's performance results through MIST law-enforcement monitoring system.

After a very fruitful meeting we decided to take a walk along the river and found tracks of a female tiger with a litter of 3 cubs in the park. The park's staff also got several camera traps photos of a female that looks to be lactating and seems to be the mother. That's definitely great news for the park and we wanted to share the news with everyone who supports our project at GlobalGiving. The tracks of the big male and lots of tracks of wild boar, elk, lynx, and even a brown bear are found everywhere in the protected area which means the effectiveness of protection is increasing!

Jun 6, 2012

Female tiger cub recovered fast

An exhausted tiger cub that showed up at a hunter's hut in Primorsky province in late February recovered completely.  The Inspection Tiger specialists took care of the the cub that was transported it to a new Tiger Rehabilitation Centre.
On February 25th, the hunters found the six-month-old tiger cub in a forest near the Borisovka village of the Ussuriysky District. The female cub was underweight (16 kilograms) and had symptoms of hypothermia. It was starving and very weak, but thanks to the timely care provided by veterinary specialists and ecologists, it recovered quickly. Now the tigress weighs over 30 kilograms and its appetite has also improved.
According to the Tiger Special Inspection, the female cub was transferred to a new rehabilitation centre built in 2011 under the programme to research the Amur tiger in Russia's Far East. The programme was conducted as part of the Russian Academy of Sciences' expedition to study animals on Russia's Red List of Threatened Species and other particularly important species in Russia.
Although the cub is presently in a special rehabilitation centre, it will later be transferred to an open-air cage where scientists will feed it and teach it to hunt. When the tiger is one year old, it will be set free.

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