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.
Jun 29, 2016

Record number of leopard cubs in the National Park

According to the press service of the Far Eastern Leopard Programme sixteen Amur leopard cubs were tracked by camera-traps in the Land of the Leopard National Park in 2015 and 2016, which is nearly three times more than in 2014 when scientists only got images of six young predators.

National park experts said the cubs had been born from eight females. Their names are Grace the leopardess, Sochi, Alexa, Umka, and also three unnamed females. Queen Borte the leopardess had three cubs in her litter. Scientists said the cubs looked healthy and followed their mother’s heels closely.

However, the number of recorded cubs may have increased not only due to the growing leopard population but also due to a larger number of trail cameras in the park. In 2016, over 300 hidden cameras were set up on an area of 3,000 sq km. The monitored territory has expanded substantially allowing scientists to obtain more information about the population of the rarest wildcat on the planet.

“Trail cameras have drastically improved the quality of information used for assessing the population. This method is different from the traditional approach when leopards were counted from their paw prints in the snow. Photo monitoring is an objective method that doesn’t depend on the weather or expert personal opinion. We have laid the foundation for future objective research,” said deputy director for research at Land of the Leopard.

Now experts are analyzing the data from camera traps, and the number of cubs recorded in 2015 could turn out to be even higher. Final results of the 2015 monitoring and also new data on the number of leopards in the wild will be released this summer. The previous monitoring put the total number of Amur leopards living in Russia at about 70.

We thank all our supporters for making this great and promissing change happen. 

May 16, 2016

New Mobile Veterinary Clinic for wildlife

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(c) Phoenix Fund

Recently, a KAMAZ cargo truck has been purchased for the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals» (PRNCO “Tiger Centre”) in order to ensure that the first aid is provided for wildlife in a timely manner. The high-sided truck will soon include a variety of veterinary equipment. It has become apparent that it is necessary to provide in-situ emergency relief to distressed wild animals. Therefore, it is very important to diagnose any disease promptly and decide on treatment. Most often, wildlife emergency occurs in extreme situations. Thanks to the off-highway vehicle equipped with all the necessary equipment, it will be possible to deal with a wide range of wildlife emergencies and undertake rescue operations in trying conditions.

“As a rule, a wild animal in distress is caught and examined with the use of anaesthesia. Earlier, it was difficult to diagnose a disease right at the place where the animal was captured. Therefore, the animal had to be immobilized several times after its capture in order to conduct extra examinations. Thanks to a mobile veterinary truck, it becomes possible to conduct in-situ thorough medical examination without numerous immobilization”, says Director of PRNCO “Tiger Centre” Viktor Kuzmenko.

“A mobile centre for diagnosis will definitely increase the chances for survival of distressed animals thanks to a reduction of the time required to take tests and to analyze them.  Since its establishment, the rehabilitation centre has sheltered six Amur tigers and successfully released them back into the wild; and we hope that now the specialists of PRNCO “Tiger Centre” will get more chances to conduct necessary diagnosis and provide emergency relief and healthcare to wild animals in critical wildlife areas”, says Director of the Phoenix Fund Sergei Bereznuk.

We want to thank our supporters at GlobalGiving for their contribution to vehicle purchase for the rehabilitation Centre. The purchase of the vehicle became possible thanks to support from Transneft Joint Stock Company. 

(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund
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.

 
   

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