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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.
Dec 27, 2016

Tiger cub rescued in Primorye

Early in the morning on 16 December, a five-month-old tigress was captured in Primorye. The cub wandered alone around the village of Lazo for two weeks and it was decided to catch the orphaned tigress. Employees of the Primorsky Hunting Management Department and the United Directorate of the Lazovsky Nature Reserve and Zov Tigra National Park were in charge of the capture. The tiger was transferred to the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNCO “Tiger Centre”) in the village of Alekseyevka, and will remain there for at least a year.

Experts had been watching the female tiger since 30 November, the day when they received information from local residents. The tiger was first spotted near a dump where she was looking for food. Experts made the decision to capture the cub after it became clear that her mother would not come for her. Such young Amur tiger cubs cannot hunt by themselves and would starve to death.

After rescuing the cub, experts from the Lazovsky Nature Reserve continue their search for her mother and monitor the area using camera traps.

Let us remind you that at the moment thanks to your support, the rehabilitation centre provides rehabilitation care to Vladik, a male tiger, and Filippa, a female tiger, who were also captured in residential areas near Vladivostok.

Let us wish you happy holidays and say how grateful we are to have supporters like you! May the holiday spirit be with you and your family throughout the New Year.

 

 

 

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Dec 7, 2016

Two poachers arrested in the Land of the Leopard

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

On December 1, state inspectors of the Land of the Leopard National Park detained poachers, who killed two sika-deer on the protected territory. Hunters that shot the game from the highway were caught red-handed when they were butchering and dressing out the corpses.

During the regular patrol the inspectors heard the sounds of gun shots. The team immediately headed to the scene. After finding footprints leading into the forest, the inspectors detained intruders in a matter of minutes. Such a sudden meeting with the state inspectors caught poachers off guard, and they had no time to hide the trophies.

The poachers were two residents of the Barabash village. They were hunting directly from the state highway A189 Razdolnoe - Hassan. The availability of the highway passing through the Land of the Leopard National Park often attracts attention of poachers. Therefore, inspectors pay special attention to this road.

"Trying to illegally hunt ungulates from the state road, poachers faultily assume that they can avoid punishment - said Evgeny Stoma, Deputy Director for protection of the Land of the Leopard National Park. - However, they are deeply mistaken, hoping to get away scot-free. Shooting animals in the protected area is a serious crime for which the poachers must be prosecuted to the full severity of the law."

Having apprehended offenders, state inspectors contacted the police. Police officers arrived at the crime scene for investigation.  A bullet was removed from the poached deer. The detainees were taken to the Police office for further investigation and criminal prosecution.

Poachers are the main enemies of the Amur leopard. Their illegal actions represent a direct threat to the populations of ungulates - the main prey base of the rarest big cat on the planet. Currently, a survey of the ungulate population is being conducted in the Land of the Leopard. And sadly, the report would be short of at least two animals.

(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard
Nov 23, 2016

Young Tiger Captured Near Shamora Bay

(c) PRNCO "Tiger Centre"
(c) PRNCO "Tiger Centre"

Dear supporters! We are sorry for some technical problems we had with our projects here. But now, thanks to the amazing team at GlobalGiving, we can continue informing you about Amur tigers' conservation and about the daily routine of the rehabilitation center.

The newest arrival at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of Tiger (PRNCO “Tiger Centre”) is a young tiger captured by workers from the Primorye Territory Hunting Supervision Department at Shamora Bay, within the Vladivostok city limits. The tiger was first spotted on 8 October, while he was crossing a road near the town of Artyom. He then spent several days roaming around Vladivostok. On the night of October 20, 2016, the tiger was finally captured. Numerous reports about tiger sightings by witnesses and videos of tiger crossing a federal highway from car video recorders proved the presence of predator near residential area.

An initial veterinary inspection of the tiger found him to be a male of around 18 months to two years old, with a weight of 140 kilogrammes, normal for this age, and no signs of external illnesses. The centre’s specialists took samples for more detailed analyses and put the tiger in quarantine until the results came through.

After spending a month in the Center the tiger’s quarantine period was over, he took a course of vaccinations and deworming. Before the tiger was transferred to the extensive rehabilitation enclosure of 1.2 hectares, he has been fitted with a satellite collar. The collar was put on to test the new model. In addition to GPS unit the collar is equipped with a small video camera. While the tiger is in the cage, it is possible to observe how "comfortable" the new model of the collar is for predator. This allows selecting the optimal model of the collar before tiger’s release back into the wild.

The experts now have to work out just how the tiger ended up in settled areas and draw up a plan for the animal’s rehabilitation. This will require conducting tests to analyze the tiger’s behaviour in the presence of humans and assess his hunting capabilities. For now, the tiger has been avoiding contact with humans and hides himself successfully. If the tests reveal no problems, the tiger will be returned to the wild.

 
   

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