The team of the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNCO “Tiger Centre” in Alekseevka village, Primorsky krai) returned from a monitoring trip to Jewish Autonomous Region with good news that we wanted to share with you! During the regular monitoring procedures the specialists verified the exact number of cubs born from Svetlaya and Boris that inhabit the protected wildlife refuge Zhuravlinny.
"Today, we can almost exactly estimate the number of tigers in the Jewish Autonomous Region. In 2013, according to the census, only one tiger was recorded on the territory of the Bastak nature reserve, in 2017 the number increased to eleven individuals. Four of these are tigers released into the territory of the region after rehabilitation, and five more are tiger cubs of rehabilitated tigers! – says Viktor Kuzmenko, director of the PRNCO “Tiger Centre”. - This is almost 2% of the entire wild population. In our opinion, this is a very good result. It shows the effectiveness of an integrated approach to the protection and reintroduction of these rare species."
The fact that tigress Svetlaya became a mother was ascertained back in May 2017. But the experts could not determine how many cubs were born back then. New photos and footage from camera traps were obtained during the monitoring trip to the Zhuravliny refuge and showed that Svetlaya returned to her former site with three grown up cubs!
The age of cubs is about one year. They look healthy and cheerful. Just like their mother, they sniff the marking trees with curiosity. While it is difficult to determine the gender of the cubs, it was possible to examine the strips and see familiar patterns. One of the cubs has an "unstriped" side, like tiger Boris. The happy father of the family was also captured on photographs, as always, in beautiful shape. Thanks you, our dear supporters, these tigers got lucky to live a fulfilling life in the wild!
Monitoring was carried out by the employees of the "Tiger Center", ANO "Amur Tiger Center" and the Hunting Management Department of Jewish Autonomous Region.
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Victoria and the Phoenix team
Experts from the Tiger Rehabilitation Centre and their colleagues have returned from a regular monitoring of the tigers released into the wild in the Dichun and Zhuravliny wildlife refuges. The monitoring procedures involved checking the areas of the supposed hunting grounds of tiger Filippa, and camera traps in the habitat of Boris and Svetlaya. For almost half a year Filippa lives in the wild on her own after being released and has demonstrated great hunting skills. During the monitoring mission the specialists found out that she’s hunting regularly and her prey consists of roe deer, boars, Himalayan bears, wolves and Manchurian wapitis.
According to the photographs collected from camera traps in Zhuravlinnyi wildlife refuge, the striped family of the tiger Boris is also doing well. The tigers visit marking trees regularly, and hunt successfully. The camera traps often captured images of Boris, while Svetlaya stays away from cameras. Most probably the tigress spends all her time with her cubs. Now the Jewish Autonomous Region became a “tiger region” because at least nine Amur tigers live there, including a minimum of three cubs that were born to previously released tiger couples. Five years ago, the region was home to only one tiger. Thanks to joint efforts of many specialists, organizations and our supporters like you these tigers returned back to the wild! Thank you once again. The next monitoring of the released tigers is scheduled for November-December 2017.
During the past three months the team of central subordination carried out anti-poaching patrols in the Land of the Leopard National Park.
In July, the team carried out 25 anti-poaching patrols. During the month, the rangers made ambushes at salt licks, but no signs of human presence were discovered. Special attention was paid to the territory of Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve because people used to get into the protected areas in July in order to harvest ginseng roots. The rangers regularly patrolled on foot along the borders and in the core of the nature reserve. During one of the rounds around the protected area, the rangers found an abandoned campsite and destroyed it.
In early July, the team received information about illegal hunting activity on Bezverkhovsky pass, specifically at the firebreak between an auto road and a rail road. Therefore, camera traps were set up along the firebreak.
A joint many-day patrol with border guards was conducted behind the border protection zone between Russia and China. This land represents secure habitat for wildlife, but it is generally acknowledged that poaching occurs behind this border zone. The goal of the patrol was to assist border guards in patrolling the area where Chinese people used to cross the border in order to harvest ginseng roots.
At the end of July, the team was informed about illegal hunting activity at night on Bamburovsky firing ground. In the light of this, the rangers together with their colleagues from the Southern team made an ambush, but no violators were revealed.
In late July, the team frequently patrolled along the spawning rivers. As a result, two administrative citations were issued on anglers for illegal fishing on the Narva River.
In July, tiger tracks were found on Bezverkhovsky pass and near the Pugachevka River.
In August, the rangers conducted 22 patrols. Special attention was paid to the territory of Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve in order to prevent penetration of gatherers of ginseng roots.
In early August a cyclone hit the south of Primorye, and water levels in spawning rivers rose significantly. There was a high probability that people could go to the national park to catch illegally cherry salmon. Therefore, the team patrolled along Narva and Brusya rivers.
At Narvinsky firing ground, the rangers destroyed tree stands illegally set up by poachers at hand-made salt licks.
In September the team patrolled the park for 24 days with a focus on preventing the illegal hunting activities and fishing of salmon.
On September 15th, the Police initiated criminal investigation of a poaching case that took place on June 5, 2017, when two armed men were arrested in the central part of the Land of the Leopard National Park by rangers during a covert action operation. The poachers intended to hunt at salt licks where they had delivered salt and minerals for ungulates beforehand. Luckily, the rangers managed to prevent the violators killing wild animals in the protected area. And soon the court will decide on a sentence for these poachers.
Thanks to your support Amur leopard habitat is well protected and serves as a safe place for the critically endangered species!