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 13, 2014

Cinderella Gets Back to Bastak

For everyone who follows the fate of the rehabilitated tigress Cinderella: the good news came from Bastak Nature Reserve. The camera traps installed in the protected area took photos of Cinderella and a male Amur tiger!

According to reserve’s ranger who does the tracking of the tigress with the specialist from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Cinderella recently passed through the centre of the reserve. According to the tracks she was followed by the brown bear and the male tiger.

Unfortunately, due to insufficient financing the scientists cannot keep a wary eye on Cinderella’s movements. To get complete information about the tigress and her behavior after the rehabilitation and her release back into the wild at least ten more pairs of camera traps have to be installed in Bastak. We ask everyone who follows the destiny of the orphaned tigress to help us purchase these cameras by making a donation to Phoenix Fund. 

“Cinderella will regularly go out of the reserve, but will definitely come back here, – says the employee of the Program of studying of the Amur tigers in the Russian Far East of the Institute of environmental problems and evolution of A.N.Severtsov Victor Lukarevsky. – This is the third or fourth time that we register her in the protected territory. It is sad that with just two cameras we don’t have a chance to gather more data on the tigress and the environment surrounding her.”

We once again want to thank everyone who contributed to Cinderella’s rehabilitation, and we will try to keep you posted!

Feb 24, 2014

Wild fires pose serious threat to leopard habitat

The Land of the Leopard is on fire! Our ranger informed us that the fire-hazardous season started very early this year caused by open winter with no snow. Usually the wildland fires in Khasan district begin in March or even April. However, in 2014 we have to start fire-fighting in February. The Phoenix Fund began to gather volunteer brigades that will help the national park to fight fires in the Amur leopard habitat. We ask everyone to support our important work with your donations. Now the collected funds will go to purchase of necessary fire-fighting equipment and fuel for the brigades' vehicles.  

Jan 10, 2014

A 400% increase of tigers in the Zov Tigra!

Tiger caught in a camera trap in Zov Tigra Park
Tiger caught in a camera trap in Zov Tigra Park

Monitoring of Amur tigers

Over the past three years our partners from Zoological Society of London have been using camera traps to monitor tigers and also conducting snow track surveys in Zov Tigra National Park (ZT). Because it is vitally important to understand how tigers move within their range inside and outside of the park, the survey was extended to include the Lazovsky Nature Reserve and unprotected area between Zov Tigra and the reserve which is managed by the private hunting club “Medved” (MHL). Monitoring a larger and continuous area provided better information about tiger survival, reproduction, and movements of animals between protected areas where they are likely more susceptible to poaching.

Specialists counted 8 adult tigers in Zov Tigra and 25 more tigers in the study area outside the park from December 2012-May 2013. These results are great news for tigers because they indicate a 400% increase of tigers in ZT (which still has lots of room for more tigers) compared to two animals counted last year. The fact that no wolves were recorded this year in Zov Tigra is additional evidence that tigers are making a comeback because the decline of wolves as Amur tigers increase in abundance is well documented in Russia. Tiger specialists also found good reproduction in 2013 throughout the area including one new litter of cubs on neighboring protected area and 10 older cubs (sub adults) alive from 4 litters recorded during 2012 survey.

These results are the best indicator of the good anti-poaching protection of the park. We want to thank everyone who contributed to our project in 2013 through GlobalGiving! Your support has truly made a difference for tigers and we will be grateful if you will continue to support our law-enforcement work in Zov Tigra National Park in 2014.

*The study was conducted by Linda Kerley, ZSL

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