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.
Apr 15, 2016

Rescued tiger gets name

We would like to inform our supporters that on April 12, residents of Filippovka village in Primorye have finally chosen a name for the female tiger they had rescued a few months ago! The majority voted to name the six-month-old female tiger Filippa after their village. The tigress is now living in the rehabilitation center and awaits her release into the wild. 

“This event is an amazing instance of neighbourly cooperation between the Land of the Leopard national park and the locals. Filippa’s rescue is a story of how residents of the village and major organisations such as Land of the Leopard and the Amur Tiger Rehabilitation Centre teamed up for the sake of our common goal – preserving the Red Data Book animal,” told deputy director for tourism and environmental education at Land of the Leopard, Zilya.

On the night of 29 December, a man found an Amur tiger cub near his house in Filippovka in the Khasan District of Primorye. He reported the find to Land of the Leopard National Park. The park’s employees took the cub to the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in the village of Alekseyevka in the Primorye Territory.

Filippa is getting along well. She is diligently honing her skills and seems to be no longer upset over the loss of her mother. If the rehabilitation process is a success, Filippa will be released back into the wild. But full rehabilitation will take around a year and a half, until she turns into an adult female tiger.

Information was kindly provided by Land of the Leopard National Park and The Amur Tiger Programme web-site.

Apr 6, 2016

First ecological tunnel in Russia opened

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(c) Phoenix Fund

The official opening ceremony of Russia’s first ecological tunnel under the Narvinsky pass in the Khasansky District in Russia’s Far East took place on March 26, 2016. The tunnel specifically designed to preserve the near-extinct Amur leopard population let rare wild cats roam across their range without difficulty now. Earlier the highway intercepted animals’ migration routes, and quite a few leopards were hit by cars.The 575-metre Narvinsky tunnel is about 10 metres in width and 5 metres in height; it cuts the ridge of mountain pass with a highway connecting Vladivostok with the southern part of Primorye – Khasan village.

Primorsky Krai Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky, Kremlin Administration Chief and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Eurasian Centre for Leopard Preservation and Rehabilitation Sergei Ivanov and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev attended the official opening ceremony. The Phoenix Fund also took part in the opening ceremony.

“Since 2007, the Phoenix Fund together with other environmental NGOs and scientific institutions have been paying great attention to reconstruction of the road Razdolnoye – Khasan in order to minimize its impact on leopard population and its range. Scientists and ecologists addressed to Sergei Ivanov and Primorsky Krai Governor with requests on the issue. We are glad to see such a wonderful result of our joint efforts!” says Director of the Phoenix Fund Sergei Bereznuk.

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(c) Phoenix Fund
Jan 28, 2016

Tigress that got to the Center adapted well

(c) Land of the Leopard NP
(c) Land of the Leopard NP

On December 30, specialists of Land of the Leopard National Park reportedly have rescued a 4-month-old tiger cub that appeared for unknown reasons without its mother on a farmer’s yard in Filippovka village, Khasan district of Primorye. At present, the emaciated animal is kept at the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in Alekseevka village.

 

A villager informed the specialists of the Land of the Leopard National Park about the endangered tiger cub. Searching for food, the tiger appeared on the man’s vegetable garden where domestic dogs attacked the young predator. Luckily, the man managed to part the animals and save the endangered tiger cub. Immediately, he informed about the incident and although the case occurred in the middle of the night, a group of specialists from Land of the Leopard National Park, Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (Centre) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) went to the place. Taking into account that the tiger cub was extremely exhausted and was injured by dogs, it was decided to place it at an isolation quarantine unit of the Centre in Alekseevka.

 

During the first two weeks the young tigress was kept in a heated quarantine room and got balanced food. The measures yielded the result: health of the animal considerably improved and in this connection a decision was made of its readiness for a planned vaccination against most widespread cat's infections. The procedure was carried out remotely using the equipment for immobilization of wild animals.

 

In the opening day of the open-air cage the tigress showed an extremely cautious behavior peculiar to a wild animal. Peeping shortly out, she looked around, but soon returned to the room. As specialists of the Center for rehabilitation expected, the predator decided to go outside only at night. Having estimated the pluses of open air, the tigress doesn't come back to the heated quarantine block for more than a day. The tiger cub uses bush thickets in the open-air cage corner as a temporary shelter for supervision over the rabbits.

 

"The tigress will need some time for adaptation in the open-air cage, - says Ekaterina Blidchenko, senior research associate of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Land of the Leopard”, zoologist of the Centre for rehabilitation and reintroduction of tigers and other rare animals (“TIGER Centre”). – The first day in the open-air cage the tigress preferred to be in bush thickets and didn't come out to an open space at all. However, in a few days the predator started moving all over the open-air cage. Since at the slightest excitement she hides in the bush thicket, feeding will be carried out in twilight time: in the evening the tigress feels more surely. So far the place of feeding remains the same – in the heated compartment, so that the cub understands that it can always return here to get warm".

We want to thank our supporters for the generous donations that help us feed and take care of the poor tiger cub. Hopefully, after rehabilitation the tigress will be returned back into the wild and join other successfully resqued tigers!

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(c) Land of the Leopard NP
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