Jun 4, 2021

Law-enforcement work in spring 2021

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

In spring, during the three months, the law-enforcement team conducted 82 anti-poaching patrols in the Land of the Leopard National Park. The goals and objectives of the work remained the same: it was identification and prompt suppression of violations of environmental legislation on the protected territory.

Throughout March, the team's priority task was to inspect the snow-covered roadside area for traces of illegal hunting, as well as to find places where wild ungulates were preyed. At the beginning of the month, work was carried out with the Science Department, during which they carried out tiger and leopard (and other animals) tracking, collected excrements and made monitoring records of wild animals. From the middle of the month the rangers carried out intensive patrols on the river Narva. Night shifts were conducted on vehicles along the state road Slavyanka - Barabash - Primorskaya to identify the presence of suspected violators’ cars, followed by a check of the surrounding area. The tracing of the tracks of the car on which the offenders were carrying out illegal hunting led to the alleged finding of these offenders. In the course of operational-search activities, the identity of a man living in the Filippovka village was established. Subsequently, searches were carried out together with Police of the Khasansky district and a modified Saiga-MK rifle with a device for sound reduction was seized, a criminal case was initiated on this fact. For more productive work in the area of the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve, special camera traps were installed. Daytime foot patrols were carried out in areas around Narva river, Filippovka and Ovchinnikovo villages, and Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve to control the territory in the supposed places of poachers' visits.

In the middle of the month, part of the team was sent to training in fire safety.

In April 2021, the team's main task was to identify the hotbeds of arson and extinguish fires. The management of the protected area divided the territory of the national park into several sites under the control of certain teams of rangers, on which constant vigils were carried out to observe and detect new fires, as well as to timely respond to extinguish these fires. During the month, rangers took part in five fire suppression events.

At the beginning of the month, the team, together with the Science Department and Hunting Management Department, was engaged in the search and further capture of the conflict leopard in the area of the Sukhanovka railway station.

The priority of patrol work in May was the suppression of illegal hunting. The team assisted border guards in searching for violators near the border. The monitoring of the territories for fires was also carried out. The rangers took part in extinguishing of four forest fires in the territory of the Land of the Leopard National Park. In the reportedmonth during regular patrols near settlements bordering the Land of the Leopard and the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve no cases of illegal hunting were identified.

(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard
May 27, 2021

Eco-education in Krasnoarmeysky district

(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund

During the last three months your generous donations allowed us to support outstanding educational efforts of professional teacher Valeria, who leads the Namba eco-centre in Krasnoarmeisky district of Primorye. From March through May she conducted 26 ecological lessons/events for 418 children. Young students got in-depth knowledge about the Amur tiger, its biology, ecology, habitat, prey base, threats to its survival, and conservation methods.

In March 2021, Valeria worked at the eco-centre and in a kindergarten in the Novopokrovka village, and also visited a school in Vostretsovo village. In total, 8 events were held, in which 147 children aged 5-15 years and 21 adults took part. Among the activities there were: a field lesson "My ecological footprint on the Earth" at the school in the village of Vostretsovo, a presentation on the work of the Namba eco-centre at the Meeting of the Northern Protected Territories of Primorye; lessons for kindergarteners “We meet spring” and “Tiger reserve”; lessons for eco-centre members "Fire in the forest", "Save the animals", "In honor of the Day of the forest" held in cooperation with the Udege Legend national park.

In April, 10 events were held, involving 138 children aged 3-12 years and 9 adults. Besides working in Novopokrovka, Valeria visited a remote school and kindergarten in the village of Lukyanovka. Among the activities were field lessons "Save the tiger together" and "Together with Dym-Dymych" in Lukyanovka; a lesson for the kindergarten "Dym-Dymych in the forest", a joint lesson-meeting with the national park specialists "Towards Spring", "I want to know everything about fires", "Let's prevent fires together."

8 events were held in May, for 117 children aged 5-16 years and 7 adults by the educator. Valeria visited a school in Izmailikha village and gave lessons "Hello, I am a tiger" for junior schoolchildren (grades 1-4) and "The story of a tiger" for middle school. With the kindergarten kids the teacher discussed how to "Save insects from fire". And traditionally, most of the educational activities were concentrated in Namba eco-centre, namely an ecological film show "Conflict Tiger", tiger games, lessons "Safety in a forest fire", "The most terrible animal in the forest".

Thanks to the work of the educator and your valuable support, children who live in tiger habitat become more sensitive to the feelings of others, socially responsible and respectful towards the rare big cats and the environment. According to the educator and a few opinion polls children participated in various nature conservation actions with pleasure.

(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund
Apr 29, 2021

Anti-poaching protection in Ussuriisky Reserve

(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund

From February through April 2021, we continued providing our assistance to protected areas in Primorsky krai to work with SMART, held feedback meetings with rangers, discussed patrol performance and options for improvement and provided new patrol targets for the next period. Despite coronavirus outbreak, rangers continued patrolling the assigned areas and prevented/revealed wildlife crimes.

Thanks to your support, we could provide funds necessary to maintain anti-poaching activities and to monitor and improve law enforcement efforts in Ussuriisky Nature Reserve in the reported months. Intense patrols by two law enforcement teams discouraged poachers from illegal access to nature reserve, and that has prevented a spike in illegal hunting.

On March 12th, we held our regular meeting with the inspectors of the Ussuriisky Reserve as part of the SMART program. The results of work for the last months of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 were discussed. Some indicators of the groups decreased slightly compared to the same period in previous years. The objective reasons for this situation are the coronavirus disease, forced quarantine, sick leaves of some of the employees, which caused an increased load on the remaining personnel of the Law Enforcement Department. Nevertheless, it was noted that the territory was not left unattended, the constant presence of guards in the reserve was ensured, the main tasks for the most areas were fulfilled, and there were no cases of poaching. Both ranger teams held 17-19 patrols each monthly.

At the moment, preparations for the spring fire-hazardous period have begun. We wish success to the inspectors of the Ussuriisky Reserve in their courageous daily work and thank you for your continuous support!

(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund
 
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