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 22, 2012

The annual report on anti-poaching results

The Zov Tigra National Park — the name of which translates from Russian to mean "Roar of the Tiger" — is the first protected area of its kind in Russia's Far East. The 200,000-acre park, established in 2008, protects the tiger's habitat while simultaneously allowing for nature tourism. The biodiversity in the Park have no analogues in any other protected area of the Russian Far East: as many as 57 rare and endangered plant species and six mammals, listed in the Red Book, inhabit the protected area. According to the census, there are 4 resident Amur tigers in the national park. Also, 4 more tigers visit the protected area on a regular basis.

In order to improve anti-poaching efforts in the Park, in 2011 Phoenix came to an agreement with protected area's director to introduce Monitoring Information System of Law-enforcement Monitoring (MIST LEM) in the park and train the inspectors to work with it. During the training session in June 2011 the inspectors of Zov Tigra National Park learned how to work with GPS units, collect MIST data and enter the data into the MIST database. After a field-testing in July, on August 1st MIST was officially launched in Zov Tigra National Park. 

From January through December 2011 the protected area was patrolled by a mobile anti-poaching team and inspectors who were on duty at the inspectors’ stations. All in all, the teams of Zov Tigra National Park conducted 68 anti-poaching patrols and the inspectors on duty carried out 508 patrols.9,424 km was covered during foot patrols and 7,804 km during vehicle patrols; 43  citations were issued; 6 fires put out.

We are glad to report that the Phoenix Fund is satisfied with the overall results of law-enforcement work conducted during the year in "Zov Tigra". It ensures good protection of Amur tigers, their habitat and pray.

We would like to express our gratitude to all our GlobalGiving donors for generous support of our project aimed at Amur tiger conservation in the Russian Far East. With your support we managed to increase capacity of the anti-poaching teams to reduce poaching activities, enhance wildlife and habitat protection.

Feb 22, 2012

All is quiet in leopard habitat

Th year 2012 started with an intense work of the South anti-poaching team that patrolled the core leopard breeding area. In total in January the team conducted 27 anti-poaching checks including joint patrols with gamekeepers of adjacent hunting estates across the territory of both Kedrovaya Pad nature reserve and Leopardovy wildlife refuge. The inspectors carried out vehicle patrols along with foot patrols during the day time but also laid ambushes at nights.  

Absence of snow in the southern part of Leopardovy wildlife refuge and in adjacent territories caused periodical forest ignitions. Three forest fires were put out on the territory of Lebyazhya lagoon outside the nature reserve and in Leopardovy refuge around railway station Pozharsky. The inspectors successfully suppressed all ignitions preventing significant loss in wildlife and leopard habitat.

The expected splash of poaching on a southern part of the wildlife refuge and reserve was not registered. During the spot-checks no infringers involved in illegal hunting were detained. But nevertheless rare presence of people in territory of the PA was revealed. On January 22, an abandoned rifle was found near a river head of the Poima river. Most likely, the given weapon was dumped by poachers after they noticed the patrol car from towering hills. Also the fresh tracks of people were found on the northern slopes. The weapon was handed over to Khasansky Police department for the further trial and detection of the owner of the gun.

The leader of the team Evgeny Stoma explains the low numbers of poaching citations in the reported month: “First of all, certainly, this indicates a poaching decrease in southern territory. Those poachers groups that continue to conduct illegal hunting at wildlife refuge territories became even more careful. And detention of such organized groups requires a long and thorough preparation in which the South team is now actively engaged.”

Dec 9, 2011

The center is ready for use

Transporting tiger to rehabilitation center
Transporting tiger to rehabilitation center

"The rehabilitation center is already constructed and is almost completely ready for use. Now experts finish last preparations before it will be opened for the first animals", - the director of rehabilitation center told us.

As he said, open-air cages of the new rehabilitation center are constructed on territory of three hectares, and this is the largest construction of this kind in Russia. The big territory of nursery will provide possibility for successful rehabilitation of wild animals before release into the wild.

The center will accomodate not only tigers, but also other endangered and rare animal species, including, possibly, the Amur leopard. To date two office buildings are ready – for security and for attendants. The creation of several more buildings where scientists will work is planned for later.

Before, all conflict, sick and orphaned tigers found in Primorski Krai were send to the temporary center of the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, or to the Khabarovsk center "Utes". Unfortunately, every year the number of orphaned tiger cubs grows because of poaching, and creation of the proper rehabilitation center in Primorski Krai was very important for ensuring the future of these tigers.

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