Feb 26, 2019

Winter in the Land of the Leopard

(c) LOLNP
(c) LOLNP

In December, the team continued patrolling the assigned territory, mostly near Filippovka and Bamburovo villages and Narvinsky firing range in order to prevent and reveal poaching. The rangers carried out 27 patrols. In total, the team covered about 200 km on foot.

During the month, the team patrolled the area on a regular basis, but no violators were apprehended. In the second half of December the team obtained information about poaching at the national park near Bamburovo railway station. However, when patrolling the territory, no signs of illegal entry were found.

With record drought and warm temperatures prevailed in December, strong winds increased forest fire risk in the national park. The team monitored the territory on a regular basis and was on the alert.

No conflict cases with tigers, leopards or other predators were recorded.

In January, the team carried out 25 anti-poaching patrols to protect the Land of the Leopard National Park. In total, the team covered about 250 km. During patrols, the rangers patrolled park grounds by vehicle and on foot, enforced park rules and regulations, and issued citations on violators. In January, the team paid special attention to the par areas adjoining human settlements and made sure that visitors were not involved in any illegal activities in the park. Mostly, the rangers patrolled near Bamburovsky firing range, Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve, and Narvinsky firing range. Also, the team made night ambushes.

While patrolling near Bamburovsky firing range, a group of people was apprehended for illegal presence in the park and taken to Khasansky police office for further investigation. The apprehended people were suspected to be involved in poaching. Moreover, during the apprehension the men threatened park rangers. A criminal case was initiated according to Article 258 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

When patrolling on foot near Bamburovsky firing range, the team discovered an artificial salt-lick and decided to make an ambush there in order to detain violators. No person was spotted there.

In January, the team took part in the Fourth Tiger Habitat Ranger Competition organised by WWF in China. Among the participants, there were 17 teams including 51 rangers from the protected areas of Heilongjiang and Jilin in China and Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia.

(c) LOLNP
(c) LOLNP
(c) LOLNP
(c) LOLNP
Feb 26, 2019

Expedition to the North and new name for the cub

(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"

Lately the specialists from the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals and their colleagues summarised the results of their expedition to the Jewish Autonomous Area. They got images of Boris, Svetlaya and their two cubs in the Zhuravliny Wildlife Refuge, which show that the tiger family is comfortable and live well in the protected area.

“The cameras captured Boris and Svetlaya as well as two tiger cubs from their first litter. The cubs stayed within their parents’ habitat and are extensively marking the territory while their parents are following the marks and leaving their own, as a means of communication. This means that the tiger family is enjoying harmony and mutual understanding. Based on the retrieved data, the tigers feel great. They look well-fed, which means they are successful hunters and get enough fodder,” Rehab Centre Director Viktor said.

One of the two cubs that were captured near the village of Alexei-Nikolskoye in Primorsky krai last spring has finally got a name - Pavlik. Pavlik the tiger is slightly over one year old. He has learned to hunt the animals that are released into his enclosure and reacts to human presence as a predator should: he lies low or runs away. If the rehabilitation process goes as expected, Pavlik and his sister will be released soon - in spring 2019.

We thank our supporters who contributed to the project as well as outstanding specialists form the rehab centre and Amur Tiger Centre for their efforts to rehabilitate and monitor Amur tigers released into the wild! 

Dec 17, 2018

Some surprises from rehabilitated tigers

(c) Bastak nature reserve
(c) Bastak nature reserve

Dear supporters, some great news brought the end of 2018!

The monitoring at Bastak nature reserve lately showed that the reserve staff was wrong believing that in the second litter tigress Cinderella had only one cub. New footages from a camera traps surprised everyone: Cinderella was captured with two cubs! Currently, the cubs are about one and a half year old. According to photo and video materials, one of them is a male, and the second, with high probability, is a female. During this winter, the cubs will stay with their mother, and in spring will begin an independent life.

Other news came from the Jewish Autonomous Region where the Hunting Management Department and the Rehab Centre specialists have finished monitoring the Amur tiger population. The results showed that Borya and Svetlaya, two tigers released in 2014, still share the same grounds and are doing well.

“The tigers are well nourished; they hunt regularly and productively, which is obvious. The results of the tiger cluster checks prove this,” said Viktor, director of the Tiger Rehabilitation Centre.

Experts also believe that Svetlaya now has at least two female rivals: Filippa and Lazovka, the tigress from Lazo.

Another tiger, Saikhan, who was released in May 2018, in November 2018 travelled to China for one week and then returned to the Far Eastern taiga.

In addition, the tiger survey provided experts with the first photos of Filippa from camera traps. She is now about three years old and in perfect shape, which proves that she has successfully adapted to living in the wild.

And the latest news from the Rehabilitation Centre is that the tiger cubs captured near Aleksei-Nikolskoye turn out to be different genders! Experts from the Centre have recently conducted a routine examination of the cubs. That is when they learned that one of the cubs, both of which had been previously identified as females, was, in fact, a male. The check proved the animals to be perfectly healthy. Now the cubs are about one year old. The young tigers hunt animals on their own, and properly react to humans by instantly taking cover and getting out of sight upon spotting or hearing people nearby. If the rehabilitation process continues to go smoothly for the cubs, they will be released in the wild in spring 2019.

 

Information provided by MRNCO "Tiger Centre" and The Amur Tiger Programme

(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
 
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