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 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.

Apr 13, 2012

Leopard National Park created!

Good news for everyone who stands for Amur leopard protection!

On April 5th, at the meeting of the Russian Geographical Society in Saint Petersburg Prime-minister Putin announced creation of the new protected area, which will cover 60% of all remaining habitat of the Amur leopard.

By resolution of the government of the Russian Federation, the Land of the Leopard National Park was established on 261,868 hectares in the southwest of Primorye.

This big protected landscape has the capacity to ensure the survival of the rarest wild cat on earth. It is important that the park includes most of the breeding areas which leopards use over the years.

Mar 27, 2012

New danger in leopard habitat

Spring fire-hazardous season began in Khasan district early this year.

The ignition started on March 20 near the borders of the protected leopard habitat made everyone worried. For three days 2 brigades of 7 people - employees of the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and volunteer team, both supported by Phoenix Fund - extinguished wildland fire without sleep and rest.

Fires are not rare in this area. However today we witness only the preview of the real fires that will begin on March 24 when the season of hunting for the waterfowl will open. Hunters occasionally forget to extinguish fires, throw smoldering cigarettes, and therefore cause numerous ignitions," – says Sergei Khohryakov, director of Kedrovaya Pad.

Leopards are clever. As soon as there is a danger, they migrate to safer place. According to ecologists, such wildland fires don't do much harm, neither to people nor to animals. The biggest harm is emission of carbon dioxide that pollutes the atmosphere.

At Phoenix Fund we consider protection of the leopard habitat from destructive forest fires as our priority. During the years we provided support for fire-fighting activities in Leopardovy Wildlife Refuge and Kedrovaya Pad Reserve, including funds, equipment and qualified man power. Although it is almost impossible to avoid wild fires in the district we are glad to report that common efforts of inspectors, volunteers and NGOs resulted in quick extinguishment of fires and minimal damage caused to nature.

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