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 6, 2012

Tigers in the park

During one of the field trips to Lazovsky district the members of the Phoenix Fund and a tiger specialist spent a few days in the Zov Tigra national park in the Milogradova river area. The visit was timed to a meeting with managers and law-enforcement teams of the protected area to present them a report on anti-poaching activities developed on team's performance results through MIST law-enforcement monitoring system.

After a very fruitful meeting we decided to take a walk along the river and found tracks of a female tiger with a litter of 3 cubs in the park. The park's staff also got several camera traps photos of a female that looks to be lactating and seems to be the mother. That's definitely great news for the park and we wanted to share the news with everyone who supports our project at GlobalGiving. The tracks of the big male and lots of tracks of wild boar, elk, lynx, and even a brown bear are found everywhere in the protected area which means the effectiveness of protection is increasing!

Jun 6, 2012

Female tiger cub recovered fast

An exhausted tiger cub that showed up at a hunter's hut in Primorsky province in late February recovered completely.  The Inspection Tiger specialists took care of the the cub that was transported it to a new Tiger Rehabilitation Centre.
On February 25th, the hunters found the six-month-old tiger cub in a forest near the Borisovka village of the Ussuriysky District. The female cub was underweight (16 kilograms) and had symptoms of hypothermia. It was starving and very weak, but thanks to the timely care provided by veterinary specialists and ecologists, it recovered quickly. Now the tigress weighs over 30 kilograms and its appetite has also improved.
According to the Tiger Special Inspection, the female cub was transferred to a new rehabilitation centre built in 2011 under the programme to research the Amur tiger in Russia's Far East. The programme was conducted as part of the Russian Academy of Sciences' expedition to study animals on Russia's Red List of Threatened Species and other particularly important species in Russia.
Although the cub is presently in a special rehabilitation centre, it will later be transferred to an open-air cage where scientists will feed it and teach it to hunt. When the tiger is one year old, it will be set free.

Apr 13, 2012

Leopard National Park created!

Good news for everyone who stands for Amur leopard protection!

On April 5th, at the meeting of the Russian Geographical Society in Saint Petersburg Prime-minister Putin announced creation of the new protected area, which will cover 60% of all remaining habitat of the Amur leopard.

By resolution of the government of the Russian Federation, the Land of the Leopard National Park was established on 261,868 hectares in the southwest of Primorye.

This big protected landscape has the capacity to ensure the survival of the rarest wild cat on earth. It is important that the park includes most of the breeding areas which leopards use over the years.

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