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.
Aug 2, 2012

Five months in the rehabilitation center

Almost five months spent the survivor tiger cub in the recently built rehabilitation center.

With generous donations from our supporters on GlobalGiving the Phoenix Fund provides the Inspection Tiger that is responsible for rehabilitation of the tigress funds to feed and nurse the animal.  To observe the condition of the cub two video cameras were installed in the enclosure. Unfortunately these cameras do not allow for making tapes yet and only let the specialist to oversee the tigress on monitors in real-time mode. The cub is growing fast and is being prepared for the release into the wild appointed for spring 2013.

The Phoenix Fund would like to thank everyone who supports this project and makes it possible for the rare cat to survive and have a hope for successful life in the wild in near future. With only 450 Amur tigers left in the wild worldwide, every individual is precious and we have to put best of our effort to ensure its survival.

Thank you!

Jul 31, 2012

Protection of the Leopard Land

Arrested poacher
Arrested poacher

In June, the South team of the Land of the Leopard protected area conducted 23 anti-poaching patrols in order to prevent and detect any crimes in the protected area and adjacent territories. Most of patrols were carried out on the southern part of Leopardovy Wildlife Refuge and south-western part of Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve. 

While patrolling the assigned territory, at twilight night on June 26 the team spotted a group of people hunting illegally with the use of spotlight in Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve. After a short pursuit, the inspectors caught one of the violators with a headlight in his hands. But his mate put up resistance, used his firearm threatening and shooting in the direction of the inspectors, and finally managed to escape. The detained poacher was taken to Khasan police station for further investigation. No other violations were revealed in June.

In addition to anti-poaching activities, the South team continued supplying salt to the salt-licks and setting up information boards and warning signs along the borders of Leopardovy Wildlife Refuge, especially in areas where a huge influx of tourists and holidaymakers was expected.

Besides, the inspectors gathered information on the presence of wildlife. Thus, they found leopard tracks (6.3 cm paw width) on the north-western border of Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve. Also, they heard tiger roaring within a distance of 30 meters during a foot patrol along the Upper Brusya River.

There was a call from a farmer who informed about a leopard attack on his calf. The team went to the scene to verify the obtained information. Upon arrival at the deer farm, the inspectors could not find positive proof of livestock depredation.  

Jul 31, 2012

Anti-poaching work in the first half of the year

Tiger tracks. (c) F. Borodina
Tiger tracks. (c) F. Borodina

In January, the inspectors conducted six many-day patrols along the periphery of the protected area and in the core area of the national park. While patrolling, the guardians spotted a lot of tracks left by various wild animals, namely red deer, sika deer, Amur tiger and others, which indicated a high wildlife density in the park. During a patrol from January 4th to January 8th the inspectors met a hunter and a group of tourists and asked them to follow the rules of fire safety in the forest and treat nature carefully. On January 29, during a routine patrol near the Pasechny stream the inspectors discovered signs of some construction activities. A few trees (aspen and birch trees) had been fallen supposedly for the foundation of a tree which hunters planned to use for illegal deer hunting. The inspectors made an ambush with hope to see the violators. Unfortunately, nobody appeared there.

In February, the inspectors carried out four many-day patrols. No violations were revealed.

In March, the inspectors conducted three patrols in the park.  On March 25, a forest fire approaching the borders of the national park was detected. Thanks to prompt actions by the inspectors, the fire was put out immediately and prevented from spreading into the park. Besides anti-poaching activities in February and March, the inspectors also were involved in wildlife census.

In April, the inspectors carried out four patrols inside the protected area. During a patrol from April 18 to April 21, an illegally constructed helipad was discovered in the upper Chertov stream. It was decided to make ambushes there on a regular basis in order to apprehend violators; however nobody was sighted there. No other violations were revealed.

In May, the inspectors conducted seven anti-poaching patrols, during which they observed numerous wildlife tracks, cleared nature trails, and checked vehicles of holidaymakers entering the park. No violations were revealed.

In June, the inspectors patrolled the protected area on foot and by vehicle. On June 15, when patrolling along the north-western border near the Klyuchevaya river, the team found tracks left by a quad bike and a motorbike. Unfortunately, the inspectors failed to catch or determine the people who entered the Park illegally.  On June 18, the team was constructing a feeding station for ungulates when they heard two gun shots. But they could not find out what had happened because they had no vehicle to patrol. On June 21, they spotted tracks left by a quad bike. The path was blocked up with trees to hinder the inspectors in the efforts to chase the violators.  

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