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.
Mar 7, 2012

First resident of the center

An orphaned tiger cub was found on Monday, February 25, in a very poor condition by the hunters of Borisovsky hunting estate. Specialists of Primorsky Hunting Management Department took measures to rescue of the cub and investigate the situation.

The found animal was so exhausted that it could be taken practically barehanded. The cub seemed to be looking for help near the human settlement.

According to Inspection Tiger the orphaned tiger cub will be transferred to the rehabilitation center and will be its first resident.

"The state of health of the tiger cub is satisfactory, the animal is recovering fast. Now it is getting prepared for the transfer to the rehabilitation center for endangered species recently built in Primorye. All necessary documents are ready," - the specialist of Inspection Tiger says.

Unfortunately, it is not clear what happened to the cub’s mother. The investigation gave no results yet.

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.”

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